As part of its programme of replacing its Electricity Market Management system, Transpower required to have its existing Reserves Management Tool (RMT) integrated into the new Alstom Grid Market System as a further “Solving Engine".
The RMT application models the New Zealand AC and HVDC contingent event scenarios and the HVDC extended contingent event risk scenarios and calculates risk offset factors required for following SPD solves. The existing RMT consists of a user interface and control application with a back-end System Modelling solver based on the Matlab / Simulink modelling engine. The back-end solving engine consists of two applications collectively known as RMT_Solver.
The key role of RMTCTRL is to:
RMTCTRL consists of a C/C++.Net application that provides the interface between Alstom Grid’s software framework and the actual business logic of setting up and running the RMT_SOLVER implemented in a VB.NET library. The input data required for solving and the solution data produced are passed between the Market System and RMTCTRL via Alstom Grid formatted CSV files.
Subsequently PSC’s software design team was engaged to develop the software, in a project under the overall control of a Transpower project manager.
The work carried out by the PSC team included detailed design, coding, unit test, debugging and documentation.