S&C Energy Storage Solutions to Improve Power Reliability and Efficiency in Rural Australia

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Ergon Energy will use storage for peak shaving and voltage support in remote areas

CHICAGO, September 21, 2014 – S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of power delivery, today announces it was awarded a contract by Ergon Energy, an Australian utility, to provide 20 S&C PureWave® Community Energy Storage Systems for the utility’s Grid Utility Support Systems (GUSS). The storage systems will be used to improve the power reliability and efficiency on constrained single-wire high-voltage distribution lines, commonly known as single wire earth return (SWER) lines. Ergon Energy will also be using S&C’s IntelliTeam® DEM Distributed Energy Management System to optimize and control the fleet of CES units throughout their SWER network.

“This is a first for Ergon and Australia,” says Ergon Chief Executive Ian McLeod. “Using a battery-based system in place of traditional network augmentation will not only deliver better value for Ergon and our customers, but it will help drive similar technology adoption on the electricity network.” Continue reading

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S&C Energy Storage System to Provide Grid Support for PJM

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Solution demonstrates new revenue streams for continued energy storage investments

CHICAGO, October 20, 2014 – S&C Electric Company, a global leader in energy storage integration, announces the deployment of six 25-kW PureWave® Community Energy Storage systems at its global headquarters in Chicago. The 150-kW energy storage system provides fast-response frequency regulation for the PJM market, the world’s largest competitive wholesale electricity market serving over 61 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Ancillary grid services, such as frequency regulation, are crucial for maintaining the stability and reliability of the power system. Frequency regulation is used to minimize the mismatch between generation and loads by quickly adjusting generation output to maintain the grid’s ideal frequency – 60 Hz in parts of the world and 50 Hz in others. Historically, fossil-fuel fired generating plants have provided a majority of such services, but response times often exceeded 20 minutes. In 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order 755, which mandated higher rates for fast-responding frequency regulation sources. Continue reading

Posted in Electric Utilities, Energy Storage, Microgrids/Islanding, Renewable Energy, Self-Healing Grids, Smart Grid, Solar Energy, Wind Energy

Introducing the New 6801M Automatic Switch Operator

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6801M Automatic Switch OperatorWith S&C’s new 6801M Automatic Switch Operator, upgrading your manually operated overhead three-phase switches and disconnects to achieve remote supervisory control is simple and affordable. The 6801M can be applied with S&C overhead distribution switches, as well as a variety of other manufacturers’ devices. The 6801M includes an integrated control that allows the switch to operate as part of a self-healing S&C IntelliTeam® SG Automatic Restoration System. An IntelliTeam SG System can greatly improve the reliability of your distribution network.

Unlike simple motor-driven operators, the 6801M monitors the entire open-close cycle of the switch or disconnect, and can automatically take corrective action in the event of stuck, frozen, or welded contacts, or incomplete operation.

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Posted in Distribution Automation, Electric Utilities, Self-Healing Grids, Smart Grid Tagged

S&C Named As Part of the Innovative Team Awarded Department of Energy Grant for Chicago Microgrid Project

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S&C Electric Company has been named as part of the innovative team being led by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) to develop a master microgrid controller. The project is being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of an $8 million investment in microgrid projects focused on helping cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather events and improve grid resiliency.

Microgrids are localized power systems with the ability to generate their own power and operate independently, or in concert with, the main grid to meet the energy needs of the loads they support. The $1.2 million grant awarded to ComEd will be used to develop a microgrid controller capable of controlling a system of two or more interconnected microgrids. The loads supported by this project includes a diverse mix of facilities and critical loads, including police and fire department headquarters, major transportation infrastructure, healthcare facilities for seniors, and private residences. Continue reading

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S&C inaugurates a 10,000 m² plant in São José dos Pinhais (PR)

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Factory received an investment of R$10 million and will double S&C’s manufacturing footprint in Brazil

São Paulo, September 16, 2014 – S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of power delivery, announces the inauguration of a new manufacturing plant in São José dos Pinhais, at Paraná State, Brazil. The new facility, in which S&C invested more than R$10 million, is 10,000 m², is equivalent to twice the size of S&C’s previous manufacturing plant in Brazil. This facility will have the first production line of Vista® Underground Distribution Switchgear outside of the United States and will have an initial production capacity designed to meet the needs of the region’s market. Continue reading

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S&C Announces Strategic Alliance with XetaWave to Expand Grid Connectivity Solutions

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S&C Electric Company and XetaWave have announced a strategic alliance to develop next-generation communications technologies that will expand S&C’s capabilities to provide high-throughput, low-latency mesh radio networks for use in smart grid applications. These communication networks enable smart grid technologies to connect and communicate at high speeds, an essential component of real-time self-healing grids.

S&C and XetaWave’s work together will leverage both firms’ innovative connectivity technologies as well as their extensive real-world experience to develop new mesh radio solutions for power system applications. Click here to learn more about S&C’s existing grid connectivity solutions.

Posted in Communication Systems, Distribution Automation, Self-Healing Grids