Valmet to retrofit the automation system at EDP’s hydropower plant in Portugal 14 March 2022

Valmet will replace an ageing third-party automation system to operate EDP’s Vilarinho das Furnas pumped-storage hydropower plant in Vilarinho das Furnas, Portugal.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The complete system will be handed over to the customer in September 2023.

Valmet’s delivery scope consists of a new Valmet DNA automation solution for distributed process control and monitoring, turbine governor, excitation system, synchronization and electrical protection for generator and step up transformers. These will be installed in EDP’s Vilarinho das Furnas hydropower plant.

Pumped-storage hydroelectricity method stores energy as gravitational potential energy of water, pumped from a lower to a higher elevation reservoir. It allows energy from different sources to be saved for periods of higher demand. During periods of high electrical demand, the stored water is released through turbines to produce electric power.

“Valmet’s state-of-the-art hydro plant automation gives customers more accurate control, resulting in more stable and safer operation. Intelligent hydro plant automation can strongly contribute to cleaner and more efficient electricity production, which is in line with EDP’s strong environmental commitment,” said Amadeu Santos, country manager, automation business line, Valmet.

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