Load Shedding Design

Energy, and particularly electricity, is a crucial element in the development and maintenance of modern society, allowing for higher quality of life, technological advances and business progression. As modern society has grown the electricity demands have increased substantially, putting excessive strain on electricity generation and transmission supply networks throughout the world.\

Electricity is a finite source and many consumers, particularly large industrial and commercial businesses, have taken steps to better manage electricity usage by employing load shedding systems. Load shedding is the act of switching off loads, either manually or automatically, that are surplus to requirements. Loads are devices or appliances that consume power. Load shedding is used to minimize the demand from the electricity supply networks and also provides cost saving measures.

Some countries, and their respective utility companies, employ load shedding but on a larger scale. Commonly known as rolling blackouts, entire regions have their power cut for a length of time to help balance the remaining loads and to avoid total electricity network failure. Rolling blackouts are not restricted to developing countries; they can be found anywhere electricity demand exceeds generation and transmission capabilities.

Load shedding design is important to maintaining electricity system integrity while providing energy savings. Most load shedding designs are integrated into automated networked control systems (NCS) which utilize SCADA, PLC, RTUs and slave devices to monitor, control and shed loads as required. Successful load shedding design requires a thorough understanding the network under consideration including all essential and emergency service loads.

Automation IT have numerous expert electrical and automation engineers, including highly experienced RPEQ registered, so can offer unmatched technical capabilities with the highest levels of service and safety considerations. To find out more about how Automation IT can benefit your current or next load shedding project then contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..