By Dr. Thien Yee Von (TAR UMT)

The visit to TNB PMU 500/275kV Yong Peng East (YGPE) took place on 6.11.2023. The facility, located at PMU 500/275kV Yong Peng East (YGPE), 85400 Yong Peng, Johor, Malaysia served as an excellent learning ground for understanding the practical application of electrical insulation in high voltage power systems. There were 24 IEEE members as well as students who joined the visit. 

The primary objective of the visit was to provide DEIS members with a practical, real-world understanding of high voltage power management, electrical insulation, and the application of dielectric materials in the power transmission and distribution sector. The visit aimed to:

Gain insights into the operation and management of a high voltage PMU.

Understand the role and application of dielectric materials and electrical insulation in high voltage systems.

Explore safety protocols and industry best practices in managing high voltage facilities.

Activities During the Visit:

Guided Tour: The visit included a comprehensive guided tour of the TNB PMU facility, providing DEIS members with an in-depth understanding of its operations, equipment, and safety measures.

Technical Presentations: Industry experts and TNB representatives delivered technical presentations on topics related to high voltage power management, dielectric materials, insulation systems, and their significance in ensuring the reliability and safety of power transmission.

Q&A and Discussions: An interactive session allowed DEIS members to engage in discussions, ask questions, and gain further insights from the experts present. The session ended with the presentation of a gift from IEEE DEIS to TNB. 

Key Learnings:

Understanding the critical role of electrical insulation and dielectric materials in maintaining the integrity and safety of high voltage power systems. Insights into the operation, maintenance, and safety protocols in managing a 500/275kV PMU.Real-world applications and challenges in the field of electrical insulation and power management.

Conclusion:

The visit to TNB PMU 500/275kV Yong Peng East (YGPE) was highly informative and provided DEIS members with valuable practical insights into the application of dielectric materials and electrical insulation in high voltage power systems. The knowledge gained during this visit will contribute significantly to our understanding and research efforts within the field of dielectrics and electrical insulation.