Electrical measurement: Voltage testing from Crestchic

Utility testing: Crestchic reveals answer to medium voltage testing at POWER-GEN 2014.

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Power measurement: Designed to leave a smaller footprint, an innovative 5 MW medium voltage loadbank will be unveiled by Crestchic at POWER-GEN International. Held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, on 9-11 December, delegates will be able to get up close to the new loadbank on Crestchic’s biggest stand yet: Booth 3869.

The design combats some of the challenges that traditional methods of testing medium voltage generators present. A specially designed flatbed transformer is fully integrated into the base of the container and complemented with sophisticated ABB medium voltage switchgear, digitally relayed to accurately set the voltage control. The loadbank enables testing at 3kV up to 13.8kV.

The 800 sq. ft. stand will house the 5.0MW 20ft containerised loadbank so that visitors will be able to view the compact design inside the loadbank.
Paul Brickman from Crestchic explains: “The US is the biggest market in the world for power testing, and therefore loadbanks, so Orlando is an ideal location for the global industry to come together. Standard low voltage loadbanks with step-down transformers typically come in the form of two containers which require two trucks for transportation. In large countries like America this is an extortionate logistical expense.

“Similarly, directly connected medium voltage resistor loadbanks take large crude steps, which means results in very poor control. Most directly connected medium voltage resistors cannot work in the rain and require elaborate protection by motorised doors on top of the package; an unnecessary complication in our opinion. If time equals money, then not being able to work in the rain can cost a fortune. However our fully integrated loadbanks are packaged within a container and are therefore suited to all weather.”

POWER-GEN International is the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector. Every year, more than 22,000 power professionals attend to view a wide variety of products and services. This year there will be four co-located events: Nuclear Power International, Renewable Energy World North America, The POWER-GEN International Financial Forum, and the GenForum.

Paul added: “As the biggest event of the year, Power-GEN International is a highlight of our exhibition calendar and an opportunity for us to present our offering to a truly global audience. This year is even bigger than before, and we’re really excited to share the new design with existing and prospective clients. As always our experts will be on hand to answer any questions.”

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