# Hydro Generator: loss of power & efficiency

Hello everybody, my name is Mile and I want to share my experience in a power plant based in Macedonia.

The tests for determining the losses of power in synchronous generators are of great significance, because of the fact that those parameters are necessary for the efficiency of the generator.

The power losses in the generator consist of the following components:

• losses in ventilation,
• losses in bearings,
• losses in magnetic circuit,
• losses of power in the excitation system,
• losses of power in stator coil.

 Parameter Value Nominal voltage (V) 10500 Nominal current (A) 1127,2 Voltage of excitation coil (V) 65 Current of excitation coil (А) 1078 Power (kVA) 20500 Power factor 0,9 Connection Y Frequency (Hz) 50 Speed (rpm) 214,3 Type IM 8425 (W41) Insulation of stator coil VACUBAND Тemperature class (stator/rotor) F/F Temp. increase (stator/rotor) 85/90 Cooling Вода-воздух Тemp. of cooling air (C) max 40 Тemp. of cooling water (C) max 20 Air gap (mm) 12 Number of poles 28 Excitation system static

Table 1. Basic generator data

For the purpose of heat control of parts of the generator, a large number of Pt100 thermocouples are installed. In the magnetic circuit, we have 12 of them installed, for the cold air temperature we have 2, while 16 are for the bearings, and 2 thermocouples are for the hot air temperature.

## Hydro generator: measuring the power losses

Losses that appear due to rotation include the friction losses and ventilation losses, which are constant during constant speed of the generator. Losses are measured according the EN60034-2 standard, for the period of 17 hours and synchronous speed of the generator of 214,3 rpm.

Ventilation losses (Pv) are determined through the ratio of the cooling water losses (Pv water) and the generator surface losses of power (Pv surface) given in table 2.

 Parameter Value -Flow (m3/s) 0,0011567 -Entry water temperature, t1 (oС) 9,73 -Output water temperature, t2 (oС) 17,54 – Cooling water losses (kW) 37,77

Table 2. Ventilation losses

Losses in bearings consist of the losses in the lower leading bearing and the upper combined bearing. The measurements were conducted for a period of 24 h and in total we received 25,53 kW losses.

Losses in magnetic circuit are calculated based on the measured losses of power caused by the cooling water which are 90,83 kW, as well as the losses of power on the surface of the generator, losses in excitation system and the mechanical power losses.

 Evaluation Power losses from cooling water (kW) 90,83 Power losses  on generators surface (kW) -0,38 Power losses in excitation system (kW) -15,34 Mechanical power losses (kW) -35,69 Power losses in magnetic circuit (kW) 39,42

Table 3. Losses in magnetic circuit

Losses during nominal load when the generator works with nominal current of 1127,2 A are 108,49 kW.

Power losses in excitation system actually consist of the losses in excitation transformer, losses in cables, and losses in excitation system racks. In our case, we used two scenarios regarding the power factor, cosj=1 and cosj=0,9 (nominal power factor), and loads: 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 (%) from the nominal power, presented in table 4 and table 5.

 cos=1 Load (%) 100 90 80 70 60 50 Load (kVA) 20500 18450 16400 14350 12300 10250 If (A) 955,2 897,0 841,8 790,0 742,3 699,4 PDC (kW) 44,27 39,04 34,38 30,28 26,73 23,73 Pexc losses (kW) 5,59 5,18 4,80 4,46 4,16 3,89

Table 4. Power losses in excitation system for cos=1

 cos  =0,9 Load (%) 100 90 80 70 60 50 Load (kVA) 20500 18450 16400 14350 12300 10250 If (A) 1189,5 1113,0 1039,8 969,7 902,8 839,3 PDC (kW) 68,65 60,10 52,45 45,62 39.54 34,18 Pexc losses (kW) 7,43 6,80 6,23 5,70 5,22 4,78

Table 5. Power losses in excitation system for cos  =0,9

## Hydro generator Efficiency

The generator efficiency is determined for two power factors (1 and 0,9) for 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 (%) of the nominal power. According the technical documentation for the generator, given by the manufacturer, the efficiency for cos  =1 is 98,71and 98,43 (%) for cosj=0,9.

 Load (%) 100 90 80 70 60 50 Apparent power (kVA) 20500 18450 16400 14350 12300 10250 Stator current (A) 1127,2 1014,5 901,8 789 673,3 563,6 Ventilation and magnetic circuit losses (kW) 74,99 74,99 74,99 74,99 74,99 74,99 Bearings losses (generator part) (kW) 25,53 25,53 25,53 25,53 25,53 25,53 Losses during lad (kW) 108,49 87,88 69,43 53,16 39,06 27,12 Excitation current (А) 955,2 897 841,8 790 742,3 699,4 Excitation coils losses at 95 оС (kW) 47,10 41,60 36,60 32,20 28,50 25,30 Excitation system losses (kW) 5,59 5,18 4,80 4,46 4,16 3,89 Total losses in excitation losses (kW) 52,69 46,78 41,40 36,66 32,66 29,19 Total power losses in generator (kW) 261,70 235,18 211,35 190,34 172,24 156,83 Output power (kW) 20500 18450 16400 14350 12300 10250 Used power (kW) 20761,70 18685,18 16611,35 14540,34 12472,24 10406,83 Efficiency h (%) 98,74 98,74 98,73 98,69 98,62 98,49 Measured efficiency (%) 98,71 Guaranteed efficiency (%) 98,58

Table 6. Generator efficiency at power factor 1

 Load (%) 100 90 80 70 60 50 Apparent power (kVA) 20500 18450 16400 14350 12300 10250 Stator current (A) 1127,2 1014,5 901,8 789 673,3 563,6 Ventilation and magnetic circuit losses (kW) 74,99 74,99 74,99 74,99 74,99 74,99 Bearings losses (generator part) (kW) 25,53 25,53 25,53 25,53 25,53 25,53 Losses during lad (kW) 108,49 87,88 69,43 53,16 39,06 27,12 Excitation current (А) 1189,5 1113,0 1039,8 969,7 902,8 839,3 Excitation coils losses at 95 оС (kW) 73,1 64,0 55,8 48,6 42,1 36,4 Excitation system losses (kW) 7,43 6,80 6,23 5,70 5,22 4,78 Total losses in excitation losses (kW) 80,53 70,80 62,03 54,3 47,3 41,2 Total power losses in generator (kW) 289,54 259,20 231,98 208,0 186,9 168,8 Output power (kW) 18450 16605 14760 12915 11070 9225 Used power (kW) 18739,5 16864,2 14992,0 13123,0 11256,9 9393,8 Efficiency h (%) 98,45 98,46 98,45 98,42 98,34 98,20 Measured efficiency (%) 98,43 Guaranteed efficiency (%) 98,33

Table 7. Generator efficiency at power factor 0.9

The main parameter from which we determine which type of generator we are going to use is the efficiency. According the parameters in this article, and the efficiency parameters given in the tables, we can conclude that the generator has higher values for the efficiency than the ones specified by the manufacturer.

In our case, for power factor at value 1, we get measured efficiency of 98.71%, and guaranteed 98.58%, while for power factor at value 0.9, we get measured value of 98.43% and guaranteed value of 98.33% for the efficiency

Thanks for reading my essay, I hope it was interesting!
Mile

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