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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S&C Starts Shipping IntelliCap 2000 Capacitor Controls

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S&C Electric Company is excited to announce it has begun shipping its new IntelliCap® 2000 Automatic Capacitor Controls.

Building on the success of S&C’s IntelliCap and IntelliCap Plus Automatic Capacitor Controls, IntelliCap 2000 Controls offer additional customer-driven functionality. This includes such new features as an Ethernet communication port, high-accuracy voltage and current inputs, flexible DNP point mapping, remote firmware upgrades, increased memory and processing capabilities, in-depth harmonic reporting, digital inputs for switch-operator position, and user-defined digital input. Optional features include door-position indication to provide an intrusion alarm, GPS for 1-millisecond accurate time-stamping, and Wi-Fi for local configuration. Continue reading

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S&C’s TripSaver II to Reduce Momentary Outages for FPL

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Deployment Brings Increased Grid Reliability and New Jobs to the State of Florida

CHICAGO, October 28, 2014 – S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of power delivery, today announces an agreement with Florida Power & Light (FPL) for S&C’s TripSaver® II Cutout-Mounted Reclosers to be installed throughout the utility’s system to reduce momentary outages for its 4.7 million customers. As part of its commitment to Florida, S&C will make a $3 million investment to expand its operations in the state by creating a new manufacturing facility for the TripSaver II. This new manufacturing facility and the deployment of the TripSaver II is estimated to bring 170 new jobs to the state of Florida.

Florida experiences more thunderstorms and lightning strikes than any other state in the United States, and these storms often cause faults on the electric grid. A majority of these faults are temporary in nature, but can still cause protective equipment to operate, resulting in outages for customers. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that these temporary, or momentary, outages cost electricity users across the nation billions of dollars each year. Continue reading

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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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