2016 AFR Most Innovative Companies List #17

THYCON has been awarded position #17 in 2016 AFR Most Innovative Companies List. THYCON's INNOVATION 1 Airfield Lighting Regulator for Commercial & Defence Airports: The fundamental problem with the present technology in Airfield Lighting is the typical use of a voltage source circuit with voltage control, to control current and therefore lamp brightness. This system inevitably leads to delays in monitoring and control corrections to regulate current to the lamps. As the lamps have very small margin for over current, failure rates in lamps and cable and energy wastage are far more common than necessary, not to mention, environmental waste due to shortened life and early replacement of infrastructure. THYCON’s innovation mitigates all of the above by utilising a fundamental change in design philosophy. In essence, THYCON’s design creates a current source circuit to control current and therefore lamp brightness. THYCON’s regulator power circuit is a resonant circuit of very high impedance that when connected to a steady state voltage source will create a constant current at the output terminals. Connecting lamps to the output terminals presents such a small impedance in comparison to the power circuit that any variations that may occur do not affect the output current. As a result, the current is set and variations in application do not affect the output current wave shape or magnitude. Over currents and over voltages cannot result ensuring maximized lifetime of lamps and cable and minimal energy wastage. Further enhancements in the power circuit and control system have achieved gains…

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2016 Victorian Manufacturer of the Year – Medium Business

We are very proud to announce Thycon has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Victorian Government Hall of Fame - Manufacturer of the Year Award - Medium Business. With nearly 50 years of manufacturing in Melbourne, developing world class expertise in power electronics solutions, Thycon is honoured to receive this award for Victorian manufacturing excellence. “The Victorian Government is committed to building a strong advanced manufacturing sector, which has the potential to underpin growth across the economy. It is innovative companies such as Thycon that make a significant contribution to our quality of life. I congratulate Thycon Industrial on its development and provision of a clean alternative power supply to data centres and other large industrial or commercial energy users.” Hon Wade Noonan MP Minister for Industry and Employment, State Government of Victoria

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2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies List #24

Thycon has been awarded position #24 in 2015 BRW's Most Innovative Companies List. Thycon's project innovation: Uninterruptible Mini Grid Power Supply. Worldwide, electricity supply is facing a number of growing concerns including: cost and reliability of grid infrastructure to meet short term peak demand; cost, reliability and risk of fuel to supply remote communities and military operations; integration of renewable power; ability to prevent transient supply dips and surges and meet transient load demands; integration of mini-grids; ability to synchronously connect to an external supply; and ability to manage the separate mini-grid elements to maximise efficiency of the system. To address these concerns, THYCON has developed and installed a 320kW uninterruptible mini grid power supply (UMGPS) that enables client to operate independently of the grid 24 hours a day. THYCON's UMGPS proved the ability to provide a 24x7 off grid solution on a commercial scale using only solar energy with the capability to synchronously transfer the Mini Grid to the commercial grid. For Data Centres, the UMGPS provides an alternative to traditional UPS systems to achieve grid independence and enhance power reliability, while taking advantage of free power from the sun. Fault tolerance is achieved with the UMGPS static switch providing a no break alternate source in the event of battery or solar depletion. For commercial applications, the UMGPS reduces the requirement for electrical networks to invest in infrastructure to meet peak load fluctuations by providing local energy storage close to the source of demand. This reduces pressure to install…

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17 MVA Victorian Telecommunications Data Centre

A Victorian Telecommunications Data Centre is now Thycon’s single largest site with installed UPS capacity including 18 x 800kVA MPX UPS, 2 x 600kVA MPX UPS and 1 x 1000kVA UPS. The systems were supplied against a demanding schedule, with systems being delivered and installed every two weeks for almost three months. UPS Systems were provided in various configurations include 2(N+1), N+1 and N and are supported using Yuasa UXL 15 year batteries with an automatic battery data logging system (BDL). Four UPS systems were installed in A+B dual cord configuration with 2 x 800kVA UPS units comprising the A & B supplies. In addition each of these systems can be reconfigured into a 2400kVA N+1 by closing an output AC bus tie between the two A & B outputs. A further two 800kVA UPS units were installed in N+1 to replace older Thycon 900kVA UPS units which when originally installed in the mid 1980s were the largest static UPS systems in the world. The final three UPS units were installed in standalone configuration with the 600kVA units supporting mechanical load while the 1000kVA supported a dedicated IT load. All 800kVA and 600kVA systems were supplied with independent front end harmonic and power factor correction systems. These systems minimised rectifier currents while reducing harmonic content back into the supply.  

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2MVA 400Hz RAAF Willamtown Ground Power Installation

Thycon was engaged to refurbish the 400Hz Ground Power Supplies used for the maintenance of fighter aircraft at RAAF Williamtown. Centralised Thycon 400Hz 960V SFX systems were supplied with power reticulated to a number of 50kVA 960/200V step down isolation transformers at various locations around the hangar. The 960V 400Hz supply is earth referenced allowing standard earth leakage protection to be used addressing health and safety concerns raised by personnel working on the floating reticulation systems. At the same time the low voltage output of each transformer was left floating to meet aircraft requirements. A 960V reticulation scheme was chosen to minimise voltage regulation issues and cable size between each Thycon 400Hz SFC and the various isolation transformers. Cabling into and out of each cabinet was achieved using a plug & socket arrangement. This allows for the easy removal and reinstatement of the equipment during the site’s regular fire suppression tests. Providing a plug on both ends of the aircraft umbilical also provided a clear point of demarcation between RAAF and Base Facility Maintenance personnel. Protective circuits were installed to ensure that the sockets could not become energised without a plug being inserted. This included the use of specialised micro-switches within each aircraft plug. Each transformer was designed for air natural operation and was supplied inside a sealed stainless steel enclosure. Previous electrical installations had suffered severe corrosion due to salt air and aircraft fumes. On each transformer cabinet external controls provides the user with basic power connect / disconnect…

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3 x 1.6MVA Portable Shore to Ship Static Frequency Converters

Thycon were contracted to design & supply 3 x 1.6MVA 11kV/50Hz to 440V/60Hz Portable Static Frequency Converters (SFCs). The SFCs are used to provide Shore to Ship power to the new Air Warfare Destroyers currently being built in South Australia. The original SFC design involved the construction of a permanent 60Hz power house; however a lack of available real estate shifted the project towards a portable solution. Individually, each 1.6MVA SFC is comprised of two 800kVA 50/60Hz Thycon Industrial SFC units, cooling system, HV/LV transformer and main switchboard. The equipment is installed on a rigid, galvanised steel base frame with an insulated bondor structure on top. Thycon industrial SFC equipment can be found across almost all Australian Defence bases, with its superior reliability and thyristor technology providing enhanced long term performance in comparison to other technologies. An outdoor switchboard has been installed at one end of each enclosure to provide the user with access to four 400A / 440V / 60Hz cope outlets and three 100A /415V / 50Hz industrial outlets. The cope sockets provide power to the ship, while the 415V supplies are available for dockside use. From outside the SFC enclosure, the user is provided with basic stop/start functionality, as well as the ability to individually connect/disconnect power to each cope outlet. Interlocks prevent the energisation of unused cope sockets. All outgoing loads are monitored by dedicated Power Quality Meters (PQM) with all data, including SFC, VESDA and air conditioning information available over a high level modbus network.…

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