Annual Report 2013

Innovative Development Program

Operations of IDGC of Centre aim at leveling up with the highly developed industrial countries as far as technical advancement is concerned. This can be achieved by modernizing and creating an upgraded power grid infrastructure on the basis of technological innovation.

The Board of Directors declared the development and implementation of the Innovative Development Program of IDGC of Centre (IDP) a business priority. The Company is currently following the IDP for 2013-2018 approved by the Board of Directors in December 2013.

Primary R&D in 2013

Project solutions, including comprehensive design systems and solving problems associated with new construction, alongside with the all-inclusive design systems for regional power infrastructure development taking into account the local development plans
Additional services (new types of services) for the power grid complex, including the power supply systems for additional technological units (outdoor lighting systems).
Software and hardware, including software computing complexes with an option of modeling technological processes.
Equipment for the power grid complex, including the creation of innovative equipment for power transmission.
Materials, including the materials and devices for working in the conditions of intense ground surface icing and wind without extra operating or maintenance work.







In 2013, IDGC of Centre carried out R&D operations for 6 projects, the actual amount of investment thereunder amounting to 69.2 mln RUB.

  • Practical research for planning, controlling and monitoring performance of repair and maintenance program for grid facilities and development of software to automate this technological process.

PURPOSE:

  • to create a dedicated system with the following goals: to control production as far as strategic and operational planning of diagnostics, maintenance and repairs are concerned, to gain control over maintenance and repair operations and the management of warehouse inventories;
  • to create methods and tools for the purposes of remote observability of the maintenance and repair crews, both in the time of normal operation and while eliminating emergencies;
  • to forecast scenario conditions of the process of planning with the subsequent evaluation of several options of the maintenance and repair program and calculation of expenses on fulfilling the annual maintenance and repair program, including the evaluation of the reliability indicators (a forecast model)

RESULTS IN 2013:

  • A software package for automating the processes of planning, monitoring and controlling the fulfillment of the maintenance and repair program, calculating breakdown effects, detecting, monitoring and controlling defects discovered during inspection was developed.
  • Methods and tools of remote observability of the mobile crews were implemented.
  • Equipment was supplied

62 mln RUB

Project financing incl. VAT, of which 29.8 mln RUB incl. VAT was used in 2013

2014

will be completed

  • Development of a sample pole mounted 6-10/0.4 kV transformer substation, accompanying design and technical documents

PURPOSE:

  • to develop a sample pole mounted transformer substation (PTS) to be connected to the grid following a simplified connection circuit;
  • to estimate the cost of technical solutions for the PTS;
  • to estimate the possible reduction of technological loss at 0.4 kV overhead power lines and the extension of grid connection opportunities for the customers by switching them to 10 kV power supply;
  • o estimate the possible improvements of reliability and quality levels of power supply for the consumers

RESULTS IN 2013:

  • Specifications for the test prototype were compiled and a feasibility study was conducted. Patent and related information search was carried out.
  • Unified design solutions for the PTS were developed.
  • Design and technical documentation was drawn up.
  • PTS prototypes were created and underwent preliminary testing.
  • The prototype and design documentation were finalized.
  • Factory acceptance testing was carried out, specifications and operation manuals were developed.
  • Requirements to the design of the 6-10/0.4 kV PTS were developed.
  • Specifications for the 6-10/0.4 kV PTS were developed

29 mln RUB

Project financing incl. VAT, of which 18.4 mln RUB incl. VAT was used in 2013

Completed

The project was implemented and commissioned for commercial operations in 2013

  • Development of automated design systems for effective selection of outdoor lighting systems

PURPOSE:

  • to ensure the Company’s entry to the energy services market, to render design, construction, operation and repair services relating to the outdoor lighting systems based on energy efficient technologies;
  • to improve the Company’s image as an up-to-date organization which uses the latest achievements of science and technology in the area of electric power and energy conservation;
  • to increase the Company’s profit;
  • to unify and standardize technical solutions relating to energy efficient outdoor lighting;
  • to reduce expenses on developing technical solutions;
  • to inform consumers about typical technical solutions relating to energy efficient outdoor lighting

RESULTS IN 2013:

  • The existing technology was analyzed and the collected data systemized.
  • A software scope statement was developed based on the results of analytical work.
  • The first test version of the software was developed.
  • A version of the software to ensure the security of results was developed

3.5 mln RUB

Project financing incl. VAT in 2013

Completed

The project was implemented and commissioned for pilot operations in 2013

  • Development of standard designs for multi-sided anchor poles for 0.4 kV overhead power lines

PURPOSE:

  • to increase reliability of power supply to consumers in regions with difficult weather conditions and prone to ground fires;
  • to reduce CAPEX, in particular, CAPEX on logistics, and the time needed for construction and installation works by reducing the number of poles in comparison with the traditional design (reinforced concrete, wood) of anchor poles;
  • to use anchor poles as an emergency reserve, which would allow the Company to reduce logistics related expenses on delivering the poles to the installation site and accelerate elimination of emergencies

RESULTS IN 2013:

  • Specifications for the developed prototype were prepared. Patent and related information search was carried out.
  • A feasibility study was conducted.
  • Design and technological documentation was developed. Prototypes were made.
  • Factory and acceptance tests, certification and patenting of the product were carried out

13.7 mln RUB

Project financing incl. VAT in 2013

  • Practical research to develop the technological process of dedicated renewal of the operating current systems for the power grid facilities of 35-220 kV of the regional grid companies

PURPOSE:

  • to unify and standardize the equipment being used to ensure reliable operation of the distribution power grid complex;
  • to increase reliability and improve operational parameters of the operating current system;
  • to reduce the cost of construction and reconstruction of substations as far as the operating current systems are concerned

RESULTS IN 2013:

  • research was carried out and information about the operating current systems, tools and equipment utilized by the regional grid companies was collected
  • 1.5 mln RUB

    Project financing incl. VAT in 2013

    • Standard development plan outlines for expanding 35 kV and below power grids.

    PURPOSE:

    • to ensure efficient operation and increase reliability of distribution power grids;
    • to create the basis for developing annual investment programs by systemizing source parameters and using a structured algorithm of creating plans for expanding 35 kV and below power grids

    RESULTS IN 2013:

    • practical experience in developing expansion plans was researched
    • 2.3 mln RUB

      Project financing incl. VAT in 2013

      PLANS OF IDGC OF CENTRE:

      In the area of R&D:

      • to develop technical solutions aimed at combining traditional distribution grid facilities with the charging infrastructure (a smart transformer of a medium/low voltage grid).
      • to perform scientific research on the systems ensuring observability of the 6/10 – 0.4 kV distribution grid at IDGC of Centre.
      • to elaborate a system for taking electrical energy meter readings using a pocket computer.

      As far as the innovative development is concerned, the technology of ‘digital substations’ is planned to be implemented with a data exchange system on the basis of IEC 61850

      The following prototypes of equipment, technology and materials were developed in 2013 under the R&D projects:

      A 6-10/0.4 kV pole mounted transformer substation

      Patents for the ‘Pole Mounted Transformer Substation’ utility model No. 133982 dd. October 27, 2013 and No. 133983 dd. October 27, 2013 were obtained in the course of implementing this project. IDGC of Centre is the patent holder.

      A 10/0.4 kV pole mounted transformer substation was commissioned for commercial operations on 10 kV overhead power lines in the village of Vypolzovo, Starooskolsky District of the Belgorodenergo branch.

      Standard steel multi-sided poles for 0.4 kV overhead power lines

      Samples of the steel multi-sided poles for 0.4 kV overhead power lines were delivered for installation in the village of Syrskoye, Lipetsk District of the Lipetskenergo branch.

      A system of automated design for the effective selection of outdoor lighting system facilities

      This system underwent testing on the territory of the Lipetskenergo branch.

      This system underwent testing on the territory of the Lipetskenergo branch. The following interim results on the renewed R&D contracts were obtained in 2013:

      • Software for automating the system of planning, monitoring and controlling the maintenance and repair program of the power grid facilities and the supply of goods and materials.
      • The first edition of the procedural guidelines for planning referring to the expansion of the 35 kV and below power grids.

      The amount of funds allocated to finance R&D in 2013 equaled 0.07% of the total Company own revenues.

      IMPLEMENTATION INDICATORS OF THE INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:

      Performance indicator Unit of measurement Amount of expenses
      Expenses on R&D performed by third parties, in particular, by researchers (higher education institutions, scientific organizations, small and medium-size innovation companies) thous. RUB 69 169 
      including projects implemented within the framework of    
      Technological platforms thous. RUB  –
      Institutions of higher education thous. RUB  –
      Scientific organizations thous. RUB  18 418
      Expenses on further professional training and retraining of personnel at higher education institution per employee RUB/person 12,196

      For details on further professional training and retraining of employees in 2013, please see Appendix 2 to the Annual Report.