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Energies 2017, 10(8), 1091; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10081091

Maintenance Tools applied to Electric Generators to Improve Energy Efficiency and Power Quality of Thermoelectric Power Plants

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Galileo Institute of Technology and Education of the Amazon, Institute Manaus, 69020-030 Amazonas, Brazil
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Department of Electrical Engineering—CEAMAZON, Federal University of Para, 66075-110 Belem, Para, Brazil
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Received: 14 June 2017 / Revised: 22 July 2017 / Accepted: 23 July 2017 / Published: 26 July 2017
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Abstract

This paper presents a specific method to improve the reliability of the equipment and the quality of power supplied to the electrical systems with the frequency and voltage control of a thermoelectric plant, to guarantee a more stable system. The method has the novelty of combining Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) using only four pillars, with Electrical Predictive Maintenance based in failure analysis and diagnostic. It prevents voltage drops caused by excessive reactive consumption, thus guaranteeing the company a perfect functioning of its equipment and providing a longer life of them. The Maintenance Management Program (MMP) seeks to prevent failures from causing the equipment to be shut down from the electrical system, which means large financial losses, either by reducing billing or by paying fines to the regulatory agency, in addition to prejudice the reliability of the system. Using management tools, but applying only four TPM pillars, it was possible to achieve innovation in power plants with internal combustion engines. This study aims to provide maintenance with a more reliable process, through the implantation of measurement, control and diagnostic devices, thus allowing the management to reduce breakdown of plant equipment. Some results have been achieved after the implementation, such as reduction of annual maintenance cost, reduction of corrective maintenance, increase of MTBF (Mean Time between Failures) and reduction of MTTR (Mean Time to Repair) in all areas. Probabilistic models able to describe real processes in a more realistic way, and facilitate the optimization at maximum reliability or minimum costs are presented. Such results are reflected in more reliable and continual power generation. View Full-Text
Keywords: maintenance management engineering; electric generators; power quality; thermoelectric power plants maintenance management engineering; electric generators; power quality; thermoelectric power plants
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Junior, M.F.; Bezerra, U.H.; Leite, J.C.; Moya Rodríguez, J.L. Maintenance Tools applied to Electric Generators to Improve Energy Efficiency and Power Quality of Thermoelectric Power Plants. Energies 2017, 10, 1091.

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