S&C, Schneider Electric and Oncor Complete Innovative Microgrid

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CHICAGO, April 7, 2015 — S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of power delivery, and Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, have announced the unveiling of one of the most advanced microgrids in North America for Oncor, an electric transmission and distribution company serving 10 million customers across Texas. The microgrid is engineered to maximize newly installed energy storage, renewable generation and improve reliability. S&C teamed with Schneider Electric to combine new hardware and software technologies for the state-of-the-art facility, which includes an integrated demonstration center for Oncor to showcase the microgrid’s advanced capabilities and customer benefits.

To watch a video and learn more about Oncor’s microgrid, please click here.

S&C and Schneider Electric built the microgrid at Oncor’s System Operating Services Facility (SOSF) near Lancaster, Texas. The innovative system consists of four interconnected microgrids and utilizes nine different distributed generation sources, including two solar photovoltaic arrays, a microturbine, two energy storage units and four generators. To turn these diverse generation assets into a microgrid, S&C and Schneider Electric developed a distribution automation scheme that leverages multiple intelligent grid solutions from both companies—enabling the four microgrids to effectively operate independently or as one larger microgrid. Continue reading

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S&C Helping Water Utility Protect Its Substation Assets and Prevent Costly System Outages

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A regional water utility recently averted a substation main power transformer situation that potentially could have left up to 1.6 million residents without water in a hot climate. After resolving the issue, the water utility sought assistance from S&C for monitoring and maintaining its critical substation assets.

Read this new case study to learn more about how S&C’s asset management solution is helping the regional water utility prevent costly unplanned system outages, extend equipment life, and provide a more reliable water supply for its local residents.

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S&C’s Self-Healing System Cuts Data Center’s Distribution Costs by up to 45%

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Digital Realty was in need of a partner familiar with medium-voltage data center systems to help provide power resiliency. The Richardson, Texas-based company asked S&C Electric Company to deploy a self-healing distribution system.

Read this new case study to learn how S&C was able to complete the project on time and on budget, and how Digital Realty subsequently is saving up to 45% over alternative equivalent metal-clad breaker gear.

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S&C’s Distribution Automation Combines Two Separate Switch-Control Systems

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Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation was an early adopter of S&C’s IntelliTeam® Automatic Restoration System, having installed one at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in 1998. However, the two separate automation systems the airport was using communicated team-status information through a communication medium that was no longer available. It was time to upgrade.

Read this new case study to learn about S&C’s update of the airport’s automatic restoration system through new switch controls and radios.

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S&C Manages Entire Production of 4.1-MW Solar Plant in Massachusetts

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To maximize its return on investment, Green States Energy (GSE) faced tight time constraints in building a 4.1-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant to provide clean energy to 500 homes on historic Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The plant also would have to endure the state’s unpredictable winter weather, which also could affect construction.

Read this new case study to learn more about the project and how, with S&C’s assistance, the plant is helping Massachusetts to reduce its carbon emissions and to reach its goal of producing 400 MW of PV power generation.

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S&C and XetaWave Launch New SpeedNet™ SDR Software Defined Radios

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New Radio to Provide UHF Capabilities to S&C’s Smart Grid Solutions

CHICAGO, February 3, 2015 – S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of power delivery, today announces the new SpeedNet™ SDR Software Defined Radios, which combines S&C’s field-proven mesh-radio technology with the software-defined radio platform from XetaWave, a Colorado-based leader in wireless technology. The SpeedNet SDR will support ultra-high frequency (UHF) bands, between 406 – 430-MHz and 450 – 470-MHz, and will be used in S&C’s self-healing distribution automation systems around the world. The new radios are being deployed on the Isle of Wight, off the coast of the United Kingdom, where they are being used with S&C’s IntelliRupter® PulseClosers and IntelliTeam® to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages on the island.

“Smart grid solutions like self-healing grids, energy storage and volt-var control need a means to communicate quickly and over long distances,” says Donivon Hettich, director – Grid Connectivity, S&C Electric Company. “The new SpeedNet SDR offering will help expedite smart grid deployments globally, and ensure these solutions reach full potential backed by a reliable, effective communication network.” Continue reading

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