Due to the requirement for greater flexibility in meeting demand for power to the UK's National Grid, the Didcot Power Station has installed a new command and control centre to provide an operational overview of its four massive generating units.
The brief was to enable flexible operation and easy management of tasks, including alarm handling, plant-automated control and automatic sequencing for start-up and shut-down. With each unit generating different amounts of electricity, individual control is necessary; the visual displays monitor essential aspects of generation - such as the condition of the fuel turbine, the feed to the boiler to drive the turbine and the output of the electricity from the turbine.
To meet these display requirements, Didcot chose a solution based on a central control display comprising twelve dnp New Wide Angle Screens fired by DLV 1280-DX projection systems from Christie Digital Systems. The screens are installed in four 3 x 1 arrays, where each of the four generators is monitored by three 3-chip DLP ™ technology projectors,which are mounted on specially-designed floor stands to ensure stability, with intricate adjustment facilities.
The AV company Planet undertook the whole design, including the building of the rearpro enclosures and commissioning of the installation. - We favoured the dnp screens because they are simply the best; we have not had the same level of success in terms of performance, colour, uniformity or brightness - with such a lack of hotspotting - from other brands. The Power Station has taken this installation very seriously at Didcot, giving us the scope and budget to be able to build all screens into a huge enclosure, making it an integral part of the control room, says Clive Bailey of Planet (now working at Christie Digital).
Clive Bailey of Planet
(now working at Christie Digital)