Chicago, January 29, 2010 – S&C Electric Co., is investing in the future of utilities with the company’s Advanced Technology Center.
The ATC features a testing laboratory that will enable S&C to test its smart grid products at home rather than at labs outside the U.S., as it was limited to in the past, thus accelerating the development and delivery of solutions critical to integrating renewable energy resources to the grid – particularly at the distribution level.
Such innovations include the highly sophisticated automatic service restoration, energy storage and power quality equipment needed for the smart grid.
In addition to accelerating innovation, this advanced testing facility also provides a location for independent quality and performance verification testing, which customers often require before deploying equipment on their systems.
The ATC will also house S&C’s research and development offices, plus expanded polymer molding operations.
“In just the first week of operation, S&C has already used the facility to qualify a new rating for custom metal-enclosed switchgear. This higher capability will provide an enhanced level of safety for operating personnel in the field,” said John Estey, president and CEO of S&C.
Additionally, the newly completed lab has already proven beneficial as part of S&C’s research and development process in demonstrating how existing solutions can be enhanced.
Fault interruption testing performed on S&C’s unique Fault Filter Electronic Power Fuse, for example, demonstrated the fuse’s remarkable current-limiting capability, and will permit select models to be assigned an increased interrupting rating–from 40,000 to 63,000 amperes symmetrical.
S&C, headquartered in Chicago, IL, is applying its heritage of innovation to address challenges facing the world’s power grids and thus shaping the future of reliable electricity delivery. The mission of employee-owned S&C is to continually develop new solutions for electricity delivery, fostering the improved efficiency and reliability required for the intelligent grid.