Ortea Next training 2022

  • 5 July 2022

Ortea Next continues to invest in training its customer and distribution channel technicians, to effectively intervene, in a timely manner, in the installed fleet of machines.

The first session of “full immersion” technical training, carried out in English at the Ortea Next headquarters in Italy from 13-17 June 2022, has ended.

10 technicians, coming from Cambodia, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Kuwait, Poland, and Singapore, participated in this session.

During the course, we explored the concepts necessary for:

  • Checking the parameters on site to choose the suitable equipment
  • Installation, start-up, and entry into service
  • Resolution of issues
  • Maintenance and repair.

The course was divided into theoretical and practical components:

  • the technical sessions illustrated the Ortea product ranges and features with a focus on design methodologies, operational principles, electrical systems, etc. This information allows students to learn the technical design “philosophy” for improving their ability to identify and resolve problems.
  • the practical sessions involved genuine manual operations on equipment for acquiring knowledge of the machine intervention procedures, both maintenance ones and those relating to resolving problems.

At the end of the training, an official certificate was issued, which is a requirement for performing any service activity on behalf of Ortea Next.

 

We would like to thank @Bassam Hallak and @Chanchheko Meas for their invaluable feedback.

View interview: https://youtu.be/BwztQ3hE3NY

Ortea Next, increasingly “green”

  • 28 June 2022

Sensitivity to environmental issues and commitment to improving sustainability are at the basis of the Ortea Next value.

To help reduce its environmental impact, a solar power plant was recently installed. The 140 panels are able to generate up to 200kW of power, with the excess power returned to the smart grid.

The project has been completed with the installation of charging stations in the internal car park and the replacement of the entire corporate vehicle fleet with electric and hybrid plug-in cars.

But, in terms of Power Quality, what problems does the installation of a solar power plant generate?

We know – do you?

Contact us now to find out the solution!

Energy Talks fOR TEA – Episode 1

  • 14 June 2022

Our CEO, Massimiliano Scarpellini, officially launches the Energy Talks fOR TEA column.

In line with our mission to help companies in the serious challenge that the energy transition under way imposes on our market, we have devised this column. Via a series of video interviews with our management team, the column aims to promote the culture and know-how linked to the Power Quality market.

In the first episode of Energy Talks fOR TEA, Massimiliano Scarpellini speaks to us about the market scenario associated with the energy transition and Ortea Next’s innovation investment strategy in the Power Quality sector.

Watch the video

An Enersolve for every need: how to choose yours

  • 24 May 2022

Ortea Next is the ideal partner for your power quality problems. Our ability to study problems and design solutions has always been our hallmark.

We have recently introduced the ESL5 range in our Enersolve line to address the challenges faced by companies with low energy consumption (shops, retail outlets, offices, etc.). In these environments power quality issues are usually considered less important, but this is not always the case.

The Enersolve ESL5 is designed to lower the voltage level when this exceeds the minimum value required for correct operation of the system.

But what happens if the input voltage value frequently falls below the minimum value? The problem present at the input, although mitigated, is reversed at the output.

In this case it is worth considering the use of an Enersolve ESL10 energy efficiency solution, which in addition to limiting excess voltage is able to bridge the input voltage deficit (±10% input range).

To complete the range, Ortea has designed the Enersolve ESL20 to correct mains supply faults exceeding the requirements of the reference standard (±20% input range).

The graphs below compare the operation of the ESL-5 and ESL-10.

Input voltage graph (ESL-5)

Output voltage graph (ESL-5)

Input voltage graph (ESL-10)

Output voltage graph (ESL-10)

New Business Unit Manager Service appointed

  • 19 April 2022

Service is considered one of our priorities: Ortea Next is pleased to announce that, starting from April 2022, the role of Business Unit Manager Service has been entrusted to engineer Matteo Sozzi.

This valuable acquisition will bring added value to Ortea Next, thanks to Matteo’s experience in Power Quality and Energy Efficiency and his consolidated skills in “business development” and “IOT servitization”.

“The next industrial revolution is in the ‘Internet of things’ which, through the acquisition of data on board the machine and the related processing algorithms, helps to implement the Service more and more in a predictive function. The adoption of these solutions will guarantee the customer optimum performance and, above all, continuity of service,” says Matteo Sozzi.

Enersolve, tailor-made saving

  • 22 March 2022

Final testing phase for this Enersolve machine, tailored to the needs of the customer, a large glass-works located in northern Italy.

75% of the Customer’s production derives from the use of recycled glass. To achieve this important result, also from the circular economy and environmental sustainability point of view, it uses a large furnace that works by means of electrodes that cause the fusion of glass through the formation of an electric arc. In addition to being an energy-intensive technology (overall process consumption approx. 7gWh/year), service continuity is very critical and requires a quality power supply that meets well-defined parameters.

This is why the customer chose an Enersolve solution that, in addition to guaranteeing an expected energy saving of between 3% and 4% in this specific case, ensures compliance with the parameters necessary for the proper functioning of the system.

In particular, a 3200kVA Enersolve ESL-10 complete with numerous optionals:

  • 3 x 2500A input switches (to allow the connection of 3 x 1600kVA transformers)
  • 5000A bypass
  • “safety bridge” by-pass
  • direct selection of target output voltage via multi-switch.

The equipment measurements are truly impressive: 7000x1000x2300h mm weighing almost 6000 kg.

The ENERSOLVE range is available in three models:

  • ESL-5 for the retail/small business market.
  • ESL-10 for environments where energy parameters fluctuate within the requirements of the ±10% reference standard.
  • ESL-20 for the most severe cases where fluctuations exceed the requirements of the reference standard.

The added value of the ENERSOLVE solutions is undoubtedly represented by the ENERCLOUD platform, which is essential for displaying and analysing energy parameters and a prerequisite for obtaining the benefits linked to Industry 4.0 plans. The on-board instruments make it possible to read and record the values of all the plant’s electrical parameters, hence processing energy-saving data in real time. The method used to process the energy-saving data is based on the principles of the ESPRO protocol approved by ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Economic Development) after 3 years of joint studies.

The ESPRO protocol enables dynamic savings measurement: it is not based on measurements before and after the implementation of the energy efficiency implementation but rather enables continuous savings measurement.

Ortea @ MEE22: great results!

  • 15 March 2022

We’re pleased to have participated in Middle East Energy this year too; as usual, it allowed us to meet partners and customers of a historically important region for us.

In particular, we’d like to thank all our staff (Ahmed – Sales director, Petio – Area sales manager, Paolo and Nicola – Business Unit Manager), who, in addition to meeting numerous customers and prospects at our stand, let us relive the experience through photos that we’re pleased to share with you.

Lebanon: Hackathon Days web conference

  • 22 February 2022

We are pleased to announce that ORTEA has been invited to speak at the Hackathon Days, organized as part of the Reestart Project promoted by ICU and ENEA.

The web conference will take place on February 22nd and 23rd 2022 and will focus on innovative solutions on renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency measures and circular economy.

Don’t miss Petio Dimitrov’s speech at 2.20pm this afternoon, focused on ORTEA’s customized solutions designed and conceived to help Companies improve their power quality and energy efficiency parameters.

Join Petio at the meeting.

Join us at Middle East Energy 2022 in Dubai

  • 15 February 2022

Middle East Energy will take place in Dubai from 7th to 9th March: the leading global trade fair for the energy sector, in which Ortea has been a satisfied exhibitor for many years is back!

After a long period of only being able to do this virtually, we look forward to meeting you in person at our booth H3-C11.

To arrange a meeting, please send an e-mail to ahmed.lazzem@ortea.com or petio.dimitrov@ortea.com.

Formerly known as Middle East Electricity, the new Middle East Energy, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is one of the world’s leading energy trade fairs, bringing together the main players in this market: from large energy suppliers to multi-utility decision makers to innovative start-ups.

The event aims to be an industry platform focused on technological innovation and the promotion of energy transition culture.

How to measure Power Quality

  • 8 February 2022

Today’s industrial systems are evaluated in terms of maximising production continuity, a characteristic that is achieved above all by exploiting process automation to the full. As a result, we are witnessing an increasing introduction of electronic and IT equipment in production lines, devices that are very sensitive to Power Quality.

In order to ensure the high production performance required, industrial systems must be supplied with power of excellent quality, both in terms of continuity as well as intrinsic characteristics. In fact, the main causes of unscheduled system downtime, malfunctions, and serious damage to electrical equipment and infrastructure are due to poor power quality.

According to statistical studies, approx. 80% of disturbances due to poor power quality are generated internally at the end-user (downstream) system. Typically, these disturbances are due to non-linear loads (inverters, welding/punching machines, drives, robots, electronic equipment in general) that generate harmonics on the grid, or to the presence of high-power loads (large motors, for example) that can generate disturbances.

The remaining 20% of disturbances come from the Grid (upstream), i.e. the power supplier. Even the most advanced transmission and distribution systems cannot guarantee supply with absolute continuity and perfect quality. In this sense, the recent complexity of the generation world (think of the increasing diffusion of renewables such as solar and wind power) has certainly had and will increasingly have a significant impact on the quality of the power supplied.

Measuring the Power Quality of one’s electrical system is almost never a simple matter. First of all, it is necessary to identify whether any problems are coming from “upstream” or “downstream,” and then try to understand where, when, and how they manifest themselves…

In order to collect information and electrical data to be analysed, it is necessary to carry out one or more measurements, or better said, veritable measurement campaigns. To carry out such campaigns, extensive skills are required; it is unlikely that any one person can cover all areas in a given system. It becomes necessary to involve several people: an expert in electrical measurements (often also a system expert), a solution expert (a Power Quality specialist), and the operational personnel in the company, since there is no one better able to provide the right information (even if usually the effect is known but not the cause that generated it).

The measurement campaign is a key point in solving PQ problems. It is the first step in the investigation process and, if it is done in the wrong direction, it will lead to failure.

It is important at this stage to have a comprehensive and in-depth discussion with those who are familiar with the process and the problems encountered, and to determine what is happening, in which system situations, at what times/on which days/in which seasons, and whether the problems started before or after any system changes. If the problems involve a certain piece of equipment, it would also be a good idea to talk to the manufacturer to understand the reason of certain incorrect behaviour.

This phase also includes documentation checks, going over the wiring diagram with verification that it is updated to the current state, since this document is fundamental to be able to identify distorting and sensitive users in order to understand which are the users affected by any malfunctions. Looking at the bills for an entire calendar year is also important, especially for systems that are not in continuous operation. In addition, if there is a supervisory IT system with data logging, it should definitely be consulted, verifying that the measuring instruments used provide truthful data.

Before taking the measurements, it is advisable to carry out an inspection to examine the system. Important information can be gathered from a “sensory” point of view, by sight (state of the machinery, presence of evidence of short circuits, overloads, overheating, presence of pollution of possibly conductive dust, etc), by ear (humming in the cabinet, and their trend as a function of active loads), and by “feel” (cabinet temperature, humidity).

At this point, the picture should be clear and it will be necessary to think about:

  • Where
  • When
  • For how long
  • Which measurements to take and with which instruments

The choice is fundamental and strategic, since the measurements must provide the useful data on which to reflect to solve the problem. Measuring should not be overdone, risking complicating the problem with a volume of data to be analysed and managed that can become unnecessarily embarrassing.

Where: establish in which points of the system the measurements are to be performed: at the terminals of the disturbed loads, at the terminals of the disturbing loads, just downstream of the MV/LV transformer, etc. In systems with complex topology, the choice of where to take the measurement is fundamental; making a mistake in the measurement point means having to “throw away” all the measurements previously taken and starting again from scratch.

When: at full load (or during start-up of the main loads) if the maximum current and voltage harmonic distortion and/or the minimum voltage is to be measured. With minimum load (e.g. evening hours) if possible voltage variations beyond the nominal value are to be evaluated. In the case of problems encountered during certain processes or system states, measurements should be conducted reproducing these conditions.

For how long: measurements aimed at identifying max THDI and max THDV can take less than an hour, if carried out when the system is at maximum load. On the other hand, measurements aimed at voltage or power profiling should be conducted for at least one full week (CEI EN 50160). Statistically based investigations (e.g., voltage gap counts and their duration and depth characteristics) need a continuous measurement of at least a few months.

Which measurements to take and with which instruments: this depends on numerous factors; it is not possible to generalise. It is a case-by-case assessment; the value added lies in the skill of the electrical measurement experts.

Ortea is able to carry out Power Quality measurement services in both industrial and tertiary power systems, aimed at the identification of voltage/current distortion problems or slow/rapid voltage variations, with subsequent identification and technical/commercial proposal of power factor correction, filtering and stabilisation solutions.