Automation Technologies

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Automation Technologies Group (ATG) works on two main filed as Hydropower Plants Refurbishment and Renewable Energy and Smart grid.

The annual energy demand in Turkey has been duplicating in every 10 years which brings an importance on the efficiency of hydropower plants. Gaining experiences on installation and refurbishment of hydropower plants is crucial considering high energy demand and being dependent on outside fossil sources in Turkey. ATG continues its activities for the acquisition of domestic knowledge, ability and trained researcher experience from completed and ongoing hydropower plant refurbishment projects.

Decrease in manufacturing/operational expenses of renewables and being environmentally friendly, increase the momentum of integration of renewables into power systems. On the other hand, with new unpredicted generation regimes, conventional scheduling approaches remain incapable for renewables due to the intermittent generation characteristic of them, thus, it is required to have novel grid and control structures. ATG researches the pre-connection analysis and integration of renewables into distribution systems and smart grid structures providing bi-directional data and energy flows taking cyber security and compunction standards into account.

Ongoing projects

Hydropower plant refurbishment projects

  • Keban HEPP Turbine Runner and Guide Vane Optimization Project
  • Development of Control Systems for Berke HEPP Project
  • Development of Control Systems for Keban HEPP Project
  • Deriner HEPP Refurbishment Project
  • Domestic Development of HEPP Components (MİLHES)


Renewable energy and smart grid projects

  • AB-Quintuple Helix Approach to Targeted Open Innovation In Energy, Water, Agriculture in The South Mediterranean Neighborhood
  • Development of PV Based Solar Power Generation Technologies (MİLGES)


Completed projects

Hydropower plant refurbishment projects

  • Batman HEPP Refurbishment Project
  • Kadincik I-II HEPP Refurbishment Project
  • Seyhan 1 HEPP Refurbishment Project
  • Karkamış HES SCADA and Communication Systems Refurbishment Project
  • Gezende HEPP Refurbishment Project
  • Hasan Ugurlu HEPP Turbine Runner and Guide Vane Optimization Project
  • Hydropower Plant Control Systems Project (HESKON)


Renewable energy and smart grid projects

  • European Liaison on Electricity grid Committed Towards long-term Research Activities (ELECTRA IRP, EU FP7 Project, 2013-2018); aims to develop and test future control solutions to provide ancillary services and market mechanism for the future network structures. In ELECTRA project, ATG is a project partner which takes role in the development of future voltage control solutions, SGAM mapping of future control use cases, cyber security issues of future systems and adaptive protection solution for the Web of Cell concept that is proposed as a new future network structure. (More info) (Project website)
  • Smart Grid Controller for LV PV Network (2011-2016); aims to develop, test, and implement a smart grid infrastructure for distributed PV systems in Saudi Arabia. The requirements and design of the proposed system had been determined and then the fabrication, installation and operation of the system was carried out by ATG. The developed system has successfully been operating since August 2015. (More info)
  • AB-Integrated Research Programme on Wind Energy (IRPWIND)
  • AB-Empowerıng Trans-Mediterrannean Renewable Energy Research Alliance for Europe 2020 Challenges - ETRERA 2020
  • Protection of Power Electronically Interfaced LV Distributed Generation Networks (PRONET, AB ERANET Project, 2013-2016); aims to develop an adaptive protection strategy for distribution systems with DG availability. Throughout the project, an adaptive protection scheme was developed, simulated, and tested using NI-PXI real time simulation platform.
  • TÜBİTAK Distribution Automation System Project (TÜDOSİS)