E3.series - addressing the design challenges of the power industry
A paradigm shift is taking place in the energy sector. While the traditional coal, gas and nuclear plants are still responsible for the vast majority of our energy supplies, the recent trend has been towards renewable and diverse energy generation. The typical energy map now looks more like series of small tributary supplies all feeding into a main river of power; with national, regional, local, commercial and domestic providers all contributing.
With this new complexity, the search is on for new methods of managing these disparate systems. One such approach is the investigation into so-called “smart grids”. To an extent, most grids can be considered smart as they monitor and respond to peaks and troughs of everyday energy needs. But with so many sources to manage, there is the need to be even smarter.
This means that engineers are challenged to manage and merge many smaller sources with large traditional supplies, all integrating into the existing infrastructure, while maintaining customer supply.
For a long time we searched for software that could provide automatic drawing generation. E³.series is very efficient software and we are now able to design complex diagrams much quicker than before. We are also very pleased with the technical support we receive.
In electrical design, the biggest challenge faced by power generation and distribution companies, is the sheer size of their projects, often reaching upwards of 5,000 schematic sheets.
Zuken is a long-time supplier of electrical design tools for the power generation and distribution industry. We take what we have learned from our customers and apply it in a key driver in the development of E3.series, Zuken’s CAE tool for electrical engineers.