New Center expands the availability and reliability of Neoenergia's assets, in addition to tripling its operating capacity
Neoenergia inaugurates this Tuesday, 30, its Transmission Operation Center (COT), located in the city of Campinas (SP), after undergoing a complete renovation and technological modernization. The new space has a bold architectural model and a state-of-the-art infrastructure, providing more efficiency in the monitoring and operation of assets through high-performance Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI), operator training simulator and an integrated operation and maintenance system. The project will also expand the operating capacity and performance of the operating team, providing more reliability to Neoenergia's transmission system.
The new COT has the capacity to operate and monitor all assets already in operation and new ones that will enter into commercial operation in the future, totaling 54 substations and a transformation capacity of 10,545 MVA, in addition to 5,127.6 kilometers of transmission lines and 6,131.4 kilometers of Extra High Tension circuits (Basic Network). In addition to the current concessions, the new COT makes it possible to triple Neoenergia's operating capacity by participating in new ANEEL transmission auctions.
"The new COT is fully aligned with Neoenergia's purpose of operating its assets with excellence, focusing on people's safety first, in addition to continuous improvement and business sustainability", says Raphael Cardoso Papi, engineer responsible for implementing the Network and Telecommunications infrastructure of the new COT.
Among the novelties of COT is the use of a supervision and control system (SCADA) with intelligent alarms that support decision-making in real time. With this, it will be possible to identify more efficiently any type of interference that occurs in the transmission lines, as well as carry out the automatic location of faults, facilitating the operator's performance and the activation of the maintenance team for the necessary interventions.
"With the technology we have in this new Transmission Operation Center, we have further increased the availability and reliability of our assets through a set of decision support tools, which also provide us with greater security for our teams and the electrical system", says Marcos Rodolfo Cavalheiro, Transmission Operation manager at Neoenergia.
The performance of the teams will also be optimized by adopting the high-performance human-machine interface (HMI) concept based on models used in aviation, using minimalist screens that facilitate the identification of a given problem. "The operator will be able to make faster and more assertive decisions, as the model is developed in order to draw attention to the equipment that needs intervention", explains Fabiano Brigatto, Transmission Operation supervisor at Neoenergia.
In the training simulator, operators will be able to improve their technical and psychological skills, increasing the gain of experience in a controlled environment. Thus, when they are facing a crisis situation in a real environment, they will act with greater speed and assertiveness in the restoration of failures, generating an increase in efficiency and improvement in the quality of services provided to society.
The teams will also have remote voice-controlled technology. It is a device integrated into the field worker's helmet, which will allow instantaneous voice communication, while sharing the maintainer's vision with COT operators, who will be able to visualize the operational maneuvers being carried out in real time. The novelty, already in use at Neoenergia substations, allows operators to monitor operations and field maintenance actions simultaneously, bringing benefits that contribute to the safety of employees and facilities.