BANGKOK, Thailand, June 4, 2015 – Glow Energy Public Company Limited (Glow), a leading independent power producer (IPP) in Thailand and Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT) jointly held a seminar at the luxurious The St. Regis Bangkok titled “New Technology for Strengthening Thailand’s Electrical Grid.”
Over 120 senior delegates attended from within the industry ranging from heads of industry to senior government regulators and officials.
Five keynote speakers took to the stage before Glow Energy pcl and Applied Materials formally agreed to colloborate on the adoption of SCFCL (“Superconducting Fault Current Limiters”) at its Map Ta Phut facilities.
SCFCL is the latest innovation in the utility industry from Applied Materials, which will support the reduction of fault currents in power systems, while minimizing voltage dips during distribution and transmission across utility networks.
Thailand’s Energy Regulatory Commissioner Mr. Kraisi Karnasutra led the talks with the first keynote speech, “Problem of High Fault Current in Thailand’s Power System and Mitigation Measures.”
Khun Kraisi spoke about the deficiency of planned power supply capacity additions versus Thailand’s current power development plan over the next 20 years. He highlighted the high fault levels in different parts of Thailand with the Bangkok metropolitan area and the Map Ta Phut Industrial zone at high fault levels of risk. He went on to present current and future solutions to help control fault currents using active and passive means such as FCL devices which offer effective solutions.
Gary Rosen, Corporate Vice President of Applied Materials, followed up with, “Creating a New Capability for the Power Industry.”
Mr. Rosen’s described how AMAT has developed Solid State and Superconducting Fault Current Limiters designed to solve the power industry’s traditionally tough fault problems in a new way.
AMAT has partnered with Glow Energy and Chulalongkorn University’s CEPT (“Center of Excellence in Electrical Power Technology”) to study Fault Current Limiting on Thailand’s grid and to develop the next generation of power systems engineers. Dedicated to research, AMAT has for the past decade invested USD 1 billion annually in research & development.
Paul Murphy, General Manager of Applied Material’s Power Systems Group, provided an overview and led a technical discussion on AMAT’s FCL product line as implemented in sites worldwide which measurably helped reduce fault risk significantly.
Heikki Pudas, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Glow Energy pcl explained the company’s SCFCL (“Superconducting Fault Current Limiter”) project in the Map Ta Phut area in greater detail and why it choose AMAT’s SCFCL solution.
Finally Dean Bundhit Eua-arporn, Ph.D of Chulalongkorn University explained the history of the prestigious university’s founding of Thailand’s first engineering institution. It today leads in producing top engineers and pioneering research in electrical engineering from Thailand.
The seminar concluded with a collaboration agreement between Glow Energy pcl and Applied Materials to utilise AMAT’s SCFCL in Thailand.