Design of an automatic load monitoring and load shedding device

  • Golden Enobakhare Ambrose Alli University
  • Festus O. Omoruyi Light house Polytechnic, Edo State
  • Samuel E. Ogunbor University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • Orile I. VoiceofGod University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
Keywords: Load monitoring, Load shedding, Overload, SCADA, UBTH distribution network


Over time, the negative impact of overload in the distribution system network has resulted in a growing need for a more sophisticated control and monitoring system. Several methods have been limited to monitoring the electric power, power system loading level and transfer load from one feeder to another. To this end, this study focuses on designing an automatic load monitoring and load shedding device, a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) device designed for utility and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) distribution system to prevent contingency. The method adopted is based on the load audit report carried out on the UBTH distribution network. A model is proposed, and the load audit report is used to structure the UBTH distribution network into critical and essential load demands. Each feeder is monitored, and priority is given to critical loads during load shedding. Finally, a prototype of an automatic load monitoring and load shedding device is designed and implemented with the capacity to perform the desired function. The efficiency of the proposed system is evaluated by carrying out a monitoring test, loading test, control test and converter test, which all tested satisfactorily.


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How to Cite
Enobakhare, G., Omoruyi, F. O., Ogunbor, S. E., & VoiceofGod, O. I. (2023). Design of an automatic load monitoring and load shedding device. Journal of Advances in Science and Engineering, 9(2), 25-34.
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