The IEEE Power & Energy Society Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award has been named in honor of Wanda Reder, S&C’s Vice President—Power Systems Solutions and the first female president of IEEE PES. The award was created to recognize a distinguished woman in the field of power engineering who has demonstrated significant influence in multiple facets within the electric power and energy engineering field. Continue reading
S&C is pleased to introduce a new toggle indicator for hookstick-operated Omni-Rupter® Switches in the upright mounting configuration. The mechanically actuated indicator, located on the underside of the base, displays a red signal panel that alerts operating personnel when the hookstick mechanism is not fully closed. It displays a white signal panel when the toggle mechanism is fully closed . . . when the blades are fully closed and the interrupters are reset. Continue reading
CHICAGO, February 18, 2014 – S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader and energy storage integration expert shaping the future of power delivery, today announces that its PureWave® SMS Storage Management System in Field, B.C., is helping reduce the length and frequency of power outages in the community. The system, owned by BC Hydro, integrates a 1-MW sodium-sulfur battery bank to the power grid so that it can provide up to seven hours of clean back-up power should the power grid experience a disruption. The system also provides peak shaving on a daily basis.
Field is a remote mountain community that relies on a single 55-km overhead distribution line to deliver power from the substation in Golden, B.C. to the town. In this mountainous terrain, heavy forestation, difficult access, and adverse climate conditions result in frequent faults affecting reliability. The energy storage system alleviates this problem by automatically transferring Field’s electric load to battery power when the grid is disrupted.
“The energy storage system provides a clean source of back-up power for Field, greatly improving power reliability while reducing the environmental impact of other back-up power supply options like diesel generators,” says Dan Girard, director, Business Development—Renewable Energy and Energy Storage, S&C. Continue reading
In a recent article for Smart Grid News, S&C’s Mike Edmonds discusses how distributed energy storage can help utilities respond to the biggest grid control problem that utilities face today: rapidly growing use of distributed solar PV. Edmonds discusses how distributed energy storage not only addresses the electrical impacts of distributed generation, but allows for a higher penetration of the new technology. You can read the article on the Smart Grid News website.
The original developer of the Picture Rocks Solar Farm wanted to connect their 20-MW plant to the local utility grid by the end of 2012. Housing nearly 90,000 photovoltaic modules, the new plant would provide power sufficient for 3,500 homes, and help meet Arizona’s goal of generating 15% of the state’s energy from renewable energy sources by 2025. But to meet the energization deadline, the developer needed the assistance of a renewable energy integration partner capable of quickly engineering, procuring, and constructing the connection substation—including the controls and metering which tie the plant’s collector system to the utility’s transmission substation.
The developer sought assistance from S&C. S&C developed a complete solution that compressed the typical 90-day project to just 50 days. Read the complete case study on S&C’s website . You can also click below to watch a time-lapse video of the construction of this project.