MANHASSET, NY -- Washington State University will host at its Pullman campus the first-ever conference on the testing of synchrophasors for the electric power grid.
Synchrophasors at power substations measure electric signals several times a second. The data is synchronized by a GPS unit, time-stamped and then reported back to grid control centers.
Synched information enables operators to transmit more electricity over transmission lines, maximize efficiency and more quickly diagnose problems. Synchrophasors also are used to add renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, to the electric power grid.
The IEEE helped establish the WSU testing lab as a way to ensure standardization throughout the power grid and that manufacturers meet the standards. The WSU lab will measure and certify synchrophasors for accuracy. The workshop will include a tour of the existing testing lab at WSU and demonstrations from vendors including an innovative calibration technology used in synchrophasor calibration.
Workshop speakers will include PMU (phasor measurement unit) manufacturers, as well as leading synchophasor researchers from IEEE’s Conformity Assessment Program, Washington State University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Virginia Tech.
Last year, WSU signed a contract to become one of just a few testing labs in the U.S. for synchrophasors and other smart grid technology.
The day-long workshop
is scheduled for Friday, March 16.