Power Systems Division Tests Turbine Generators for Florida Power & Light—January 2011

January 11, 2011 at 11:30 AMRing Power

Ring Power Systems Tests Turbine Generators at Florida Power & Light

 Ring Power’s Power Systems Division was recently contracted by Bechtel Power Corporation to perform what is known as a loop test for the turbine generators at the Florida Power and Light (FP&L) power plant in St. Lucie, Florida.

This particular FP&L location is currently a two-unit nuclear power plant. The loop test will allow Siemens to log "hot spots" in the turbine generators so their stator can be rewound to increase the electricity output from 1,000 MVA to 1,200 MVA.

The test involves multiple rental power components: a 4,160 volt single-phase power supply, (3) two-megawatt generators that are paralleled together for a load share, a 5,000 kVA step up transformer and a 1,200 AMP/ 5,000 kVA disconnect switch with a remote 120 volt shunt trip.

In addition, due to the unbalanced load of using only a single phase, an 800 kW unit is used solely to power the radiator cooling fans on the operating units.

Ring Power will have to apply the 4,160 volt single-phase power to the loop test coil without causing a spike in electricity. The power has to ramp up slowly and supply a minimum 258 Amperes with a power factor rating of only 0.25.

Using the exact same equipment needed for the turbine generator test at FP&L, generator technicians Rick Doyle and Danny Brown performed a pre-test at Ring Power’s Orlando facility on December 8, 2010. Bechtel Power personnel attended the (3) two-megawatt generators in parallelpre-test and were impressed with the technicians’ demonstration.

Doyle and Brown were able to purposely trip one of the two-meg units off-line, causing the other two generators to seamlessly assume the load. The tripped generator was then brought back on-line without a hitch.

Ring Power Generator representatives were extremely pleased with the results, "We are proud to say we not only met the specification requirements, but we were able to exceed them with a power supply over 300 Amps and a power factor of 0.183." Congratulations Power Systems on exceeding Bechtel Power Corporation’s expectations and once again making their needs your "Customers First" priority.

Headquartered in St Augustine, Florida with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Tallahassee and Tampa. Ring Power Systems provides new and used marine and industrial engines, diesel generator sets, air compressors, temperature control and other power equipment.

Diesel Power Plant Generates Electricity for African Country

June 8, 2009 at 5:02 PMRing Power
Diesel power plant powers African country with 54 Caterpillar generators.

Multimillion-dollar deal stamps Ring Power's passport to West Africa  diesel generator unload

In 2007, the Power Systems Division of Ring Power signed a contract to supply one of the largest single export orders ever received in the history of the company. The order, placed by the Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Africa, involved supplying and installing a diesel power plant in Tema, located approximately 20 miles east of Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

With a total land area comparable to the size of Nevada, Ghana currently struggles to provide sufficient and reliable energy for domestic consumption and industrial use. The vast majority of Ghana’s power generation capacity is hydroelectric. However, the existing power generation facilities are currently producing less electricity due to little rainfall and very low water levels.

A team of Ring Power technicians and field engineers traveled to Ghana to install the diesel power plant. The overall concept is comprised of 54 Caterpillar 3516B diesel power generators, all operating synchronized and paralleling with the national electrical grid. Ring Power supplied a central control station, electrical step-up transformers, and additional fuel tanks. The initial 50-Megawatt (MW) stage was completed first, followed by the second phase of an additional 20 MW to provide power to the country. 

Due to the urgency, the 40-foot high cube containers with the generators enclosed were airlifted from the United States to Ghana in an Antonov An-124, the largest aircraft ever mass-produced. Flying all of the diesel generators – totaling nearly 5 million pounds – and doing it within such a short period of time proved a project of unparalleled magnitude for Ring Power and the managers responsible for the diesel power plant.

Ring Power continues to establish direct sales channels for diesel power plants, used generators and power systems for customers in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, Latin America and Africa.Visit them at ringpower-systems.com for more information.

Ring Power, headquartered in Florida, USA, provides industrial engines, generator sets, gensets, power systems, diesel power plants, air compressors and other power equipment.

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