Emerson technology helps bring hydroelectric power to rural China

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Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, is automating the Shehong Liushu Hydropower Project that will bring clean electrical power to China’s Sichuan province.

Hydropower development, particularly small hydropower, has been gaining traction in China as a clean energy source that can supplement thermal power sources and electrify rural areas.

This project by Tuopai Power Development Co. consists of three 16 MW units to help meet the growing energy needs of the Shehong region in southwest Sichuan. The first unit is expected to be operational in March 2016.

Emerson will provide its Ovation control and SCADA technology to manage hydropower operations. Tuopai Power Development is among the first hydropower generators in China to adopt distributed control system technology that provides tighter overall control, enhanced diagnostics, improved plant efficiency, reliable grid synchronization, enhanced cybersecurity and more efficient operator deployment.

Ovation technology will directly control primary plant equipment and processes, perform automatic voltage regulation, and manage information from the 24 spillways. Emerson will also supply its Rosemount pressure and level transmitters.

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