The Polytechnic University of Bucharest has now its first SCADA Laboratory, within which there is also a microstation consisting of command – control – protection equipment in digital technology. SCADA Laboratory, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Eng. Constantin Bulac, Prof. Dr. Eng. Ion Triștiu and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Mihai Sănduleac, is the result of collaboration between companies and the academia aiming to ensure a solid training of future energy engineers in Romania.
The endowment of the laboratory was provided by Transelectrica SA, with the contribution of SIEMENS Energy Romania, but also of other companies operating in the energy field, such as Siemens Romania and Eneroptim, in partnership with the Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
“Automated SCADA systems (monitoring, control and data acquisition) have proven their efficiency in operation, as they allow for an appropriate allocation of resources and low energy consumption regardless of the economic field in which they were implemented,” said Mihnea Costoiu, the rector of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, at the inauguration of the laboratory. “Thus, the initiative to set up a SCADA laboratory in UPB is extremely welcome, these automation systems being necessary wherever there is a technological process, because it is the only solution that offers us the possibility of efficient operation at reasonable operating costs.”
In his turn, the executive general manager of Transelectrica SA, Cătălin Nițu appreciated that the SCADA laboratory would accelerate the understanding and adoption of the technologies that will make the transition of energy systems to intelligent systems. “It is our duty to help the university environment for the training of the engineers of the future, so that they keep up with the technological advance registered in the sector.” Transelectrica intends to expand the collaboration with UPB in the period 2020-2024.
“For Siemens Energy Romania, technology is important, but the people are making the difference,” said Petru Rușeț, managing director at Siemens Energy Romania. “Therefore, the training of the next generation of energy specialists is one of our main objectives.”
The SCADA laboratory was equipped with monitoring and control equipment related to a command-control-protection system, used in 400/220/110 kV substations, with various functions:
- monitoring and control;
- distance protection;
- differential protection;
- maximum current protection;
- differential bar protection;
The equipment are identical to those operated in the CNTEE Transelectrica SA stations, such as Stupărei 220 / 110kV, Târgoviște 220 / 110kV, Turnu Măgurele 220 / 110kV, Roman Nord 400/220 / 110kV.
Within the SCADA Laboratory, students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the management of the technological process in a high voltage power station through the newly implemented control-protection system, they will be able to view both the station diagram in real time and all information / signaling. This way, upon completion of studies, future professionals will adapt more quickly to the management of the technological processes of today.