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Development of a Microcontroller Based Power System Protection Device

Funding: 1997: $120,961

Project Member(s): McLean, P., Yates, K.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Collaborative Research Grant)

Start year: 1997

Summary: The electricity distribution system needs dedicated protection devices designed to protect lives and limit property damage in the event of a fault. Most of these protection devices are electromechanical. Although they are very reliable, the implementation of protection schemes using microcontrollers gives greatly improved performance. This project aims to develop a microcontroller based protection device that incorporates many protection functions inot one unit, that is more accurate than elctromechanical devices, and that has communication facilities to enable it to be controlled from a remote location. The device will be manufactured in Australia, will meet Australian customers' particular requirements, and will result in cheaper protection.

FOR Codes: Power Engineering, Electronics Engineering, GENERAL ENGINEERING, COMPUTER HARDWARE AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, Software Engineering, ENERGY DISTRIBUTION