Lifecycle management of power transformers in a new energy era

Lifecycle management of power transformers in a new energy era

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In this chapter, I will discuss some ideas and opinions of what this evolving environment means in terms of power transformer lifecycle management. This text is not meant to be an authoritative or scientifically rigorous treatment of this subject matter but rather merely a thought-provoking exercise for actors and stakeholders involved in planning, designing, building operating and maintaining the transformers and electrical networks of the future.

Chapter Contents:

  • 7.1 Introduction
  • 7.2 A changing landscape
  • 7.2.1 Renewable energy sources
  • Variability of supply
  • Decentralisation of generation
  • 7.2.2 Energy storage
  • 7.3 Impact on asset management strategies
  • 7.3.1 Operation, maintenance and replacement of ageing assets
  • 7.4 The advent of artificial intelligence
  • 7.5 Analysis automation as an aid to lifecycle management
  • 7.5.1 Condition attributes
  • Descriptors
  • Condition indicators
  • Stress factors
  • 7.5.2 Measurements
  • 7.5.3 Analysis rules
  • 7.5.4 Implementation tool
  • 7.6 The digital substation
  • 7.6.1 Value proposition
  • 7.6.2 Technical standards
  • 7.6.3 Hardware and software technologies
  • 7.6.4 Business processes
  • 7.7 Summary
  • References
  • Further reading

Inspec keywords: power transformers

Other keywords: electrical network; stakeholder; planning; lifecycle management; power transformer

Subjects: Transformers and reactors

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