RGCP-3400

Redundant Genset
Control Panel for
mission critical
Applications

DESCRIPTION

Woodward’s dual modular Redundant Genset Control Panel (RGCP) was designed to provide an additional layer of power system reliability in mission-critical applications, such as data centers, hospitals, or critical industrial processes where the cost of an outage greatly exceeds the installed cost of a redundant control system. Based on the familiar easYgen-3400 series genset control, the RGCP includes all the features, functionality and proven quality of the industry-leading easYgen-3000 series paralleling genset controls.

The RGCP-3400 is delivered as a fully-wired, factory tested turn-key assembly that easily interfaces with a PLC-based SCADA system. The space-conscious design greatly simplifies switchgear construction and provides peace of mind in critical applications, where even a momentary loss of the on-site power system may result in substantial monetary loss or risk to life or security hazards.

At the heart of the RGCP is a pair of Woodward easYgen-3400 series genset controllers, each housed in a robust metal enclosure. Specially designed firmware allows the two controls to operate in tandem in a primary/standby configuration. Should the CPU of the primary unit fail, control is automatically transferred to the stand-by unit and “bump-less” genset control is resumed; there is negligible effect on generator stability or load sharing during the transfer, even during start-up and synchronization. Manual transfer between primary and standby controls is also possible through a key switch, for making fail-safe check, firmware upgrades, or “hotswapping” controllers for any reason. The RGCP can be used on an isolated generator or can load share with up to 32 RGCP (or easYgen-3400/3500) equipped gensets in islanded or utility parallel operation. Communication and load sharing between RGCP’s in a system can be done over a redundant fiber optic ring network topology; any single break in the ring will not affect the network integrity. The RGCP is also compatible with LS-5 circuit breaker controls, for synchronization and control of up to 16 utility or tie breakers in complex distribution systems. Each RGCP can be used with up to 2 remote panels (RP-3000) for genset control and visualization. Terminal blocks are provided for end user connection of redundant power supplies.

FEATURES

• Fully wired compact turn-key assembly with outside terminal blocks for wiring like a single easYgen-3400
• Unique bias tracking firmware, for bump-less transfer to the backup controller even while the generator is fully loaded and paralleled with other generators
• CT shorting blocks for “hot-swap” of a controller without having to stop the generator
• Automatic detection of primary/stand-by controller status and loss of redundancy. Local annunciation through LEDs and remote indication through potential free contacts
• Parameter alignment monitoring between primary and stand-by controller and mismatch alarm
• Available load share communication line redundancy with fiber optic ring
• Up to 2 remote panels (RP-3000) realizable for genset control and visualization
• Manual switch-over capability for commissioning, maintenance, and troubleshooting
• Full connectivity of up to 32 Generators and 16 LS-5 circuit breaker control devices in one application
• Operation modes: Auto, Stop, Manual, and Load/No Load test modes via RP-3000 or discrete inputs
• Breaker control: Slip frequency / phase matching synchronization, open-close control, breaker monitoring
• Load transfer features: open / closed transition, interchange, soft loading / soft unloading, mains parallel
• Remote control via interface and discrete/analog inputs for adjusting speed, frequency, voltage, power, reactive power, and power factor set points
• Multi-lingual capability: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Turkish, Polish, Slovenian, Finnish, Swedish