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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S&C to Feature Energy Storage and Smart Grid Solutions at 2015 DistribuTECH

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S&C Electric Company is excited to be exhibiting yet again at the annual DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition at Booth 1401. The show is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees from 64 countries from Feb. 3 to 5 at the San Diego Convention Center. S&C will be sharing insights on the benefits of smart grids, self-healing communications and energy storage. Continue reading

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S&C Adds Optional Open-Gap Wildlife Protection for Omni-Rupter® Switches

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For electric utilities, protecting overhead distribution switches from damaging contact by squirrels and other climbing animals can be a major problem. Such wildlife intrusions can cause power outages and damage electrical equipment. Moreover, utilities may face fines for incidents resulting in a fatality to protected wildlife. Continue reading

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Europe’s Largest Battery-Storage Project Becomes Operational in the UK

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S&C Electric, Samsung SDI, UK Power Networks and Younicos collaborate to launch the Smarter Network Storage project

CHICAGO, December 15, 2014 – S&C Electric Company, a global leader in energy storage integration, today announced that Europe’s largest battery-storage project has been officially opened by Amber Rudd, minister at the Department for Energy and Climate Change at Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, England. S&C Electric Europe, Samsung SDI and Younicos collaborated to deploy the technology onto a United Kingdom Power Networks substation.

The fully automated 6MW/10MWh Smarter Network Storage (SNS) project will assess the role of energy storage in cost-effectively supporting the UK’s Carbon Plan, and will save more than £6 million ($9.4 million) on traditional network-reinforcement methods. S&C Electric Europe is the lead supplier to the £18.7 million ($29.2 million) project, drawing on its extensive experience deploying energy storage projects in the UK and around the world. Berlin-based Younicos contributed custom-built intelligent software architecture and components. By providing frequency regulation as well as load shifting, the project will stabilize the grid more effectively than traditional thermal generators, providing more space on the grid for clean, but intermittent, renewable energies. Continue reading

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S&C Helps California Utility Keep Service Running During 25-Hour Disruption

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California’s utility companies are up against a 2020 deadline to produce one-third of the state’s electricity using renewable generation sources, and this is generating concern about the stability of the state’s electric grid. In a California desert town recently, S&C provided products and support for a pilot microgrid project designed to enhance grid performance. Continue reading

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S&C Wins Award for Innovative Work in Energy Storage

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Fierce Innovation Award WinnerS&C Electric Company recently was named winner of the 2014 Fierce Innovation Award: Energy Edition, in the Energy Storage category. The award, presented by the publishers of FierceEnergy and FierceSmartGrid, recognizes S&C’s industry-leading and real-world deployment of the PureWave® CES Community Energy Storage & IntelliTeam® DEM Distributed Energy Management.

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