Knowing you have PD (partial discharge) is a worry, knowing where the PD is allows you to make risk assessments. The highly advanced timing system in the PD700 allows the location of the PD to be calculated within the GIS. The PD700 system can provide automated simple results, or advanced screens for experts even down to showing the pulse timing sequences between channels.

The PD700 offers unrivalled features for a cost-effective solution. Monitor full GIS substations with one simple system. Local units (LAUs) are mounted at a convenient location close to the GIS. Simple daisy-chain-style connections between LAUs and the server mean fast and simple installation. Automatically generated warnings for PD within the GIS before failure occurs.

The unique PD Intensity measures the energy in the PD. The advanced analysis was developed by experts in the field of GIS and PD signals. The combined results give accurate warnings that minimize the operator's false alarms. Dedicated hardware allows the location of the PD to be calculated. Knowing where the PD is located is as important as detecting it. Only with the location information can the true risk be assessed. This built-in feature avoids costly site visits from PD experts to locate the signal.

The location system has the additional benefit of removing the same signal being seen on multiple channels. A common problem of UHF PDM systems is to have many additional signals spread across a number of sensors. This is no longer a problem for the PD700, the operator need only look at one signal from each
PD source.

Installation is simplified by the daisy-chain configuration. 2 fibres and 1 power connection link unit to unit. The PD700 system self-calibrates to allow the time of arrival results to be accurate to better than 1 nanosecond. The far end of the daisy-chain can be linked back to the server to provide an alternate data path for security. A star configuration can be used over Ethernet, however, the precision timing between units is only available if the daisy-chain fibre is connected. Standard Ethernet is not suitable for timing between units.

The graphical interface and monitoring system are not limited to the GIS or PD700. Many of the installed monitoring systems from PDM Alliance can be added on to extend the system to monitor other parts of the substation.

The main software interface is simple enough to be used with minimal training. The expert user has access to a full range of trends, patterns, and parameters. If available, custom real views or any other representation of the GIS can be used. Basic parameters are displayed on the real and schematic views.


Number of PD channels per unit6
Maximum number of units100+ (600+ HF/UHF channels)
UHF PD frequency bandwidth300 MHz ... 1.5 GHz
UHF PD amplitude range-75 dBm ... -5 dBm
PD location accuracy<50 cm
Communication interfacesFibre Ethernet, USB, RS-485
Connectivity outputSCADA, IEC 61850
Input power supply90 V ... 260 V, AC (50/60 Hz) or DC
Operating temperature range20°C to 70°C
Relative humidity range<95% non-condensing

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