ACS releases FASTapps for self-healing power distribution

Atlanta, GA, July 26, 2007 — Advanced Control Systems (ACS), a provider of smart grid solutions to the electric power industry, announced the general availability of its FASTapps solution for electric utilities.

ACS developed its feeder automation and substation technology applications (FASTapps) with input from its customer base of utilities.

FASTapps is designed to consolidate network intelligence and distributed application logic into a substation-based data concentrator that automates network “islands” sized to meet the needs of the utility. Based on open-standards integration, FASTapps supports ACS DMS applications, as well as applications from other system vendors. It includes optional volt/VAR control capabilities that reduce distribution system losses, improve power factor, and minimize voltage drops.

The system is designed to provide utilities with model-derived feeder automation that leverages installed infrastructure investments by working in real time with existing switches and protection schemes. FASTapps fault detection, isolation and restoration (FDIR) is designed to automatically execute feeder reconfigurations to reduce restoration and outage times.

FASTapps is designed to isolate faults and restore power upstream and downstream by analyzing and automatically executing switching schemes to maximize restored load. It is also designed to analyze load reduction, load transfer and partial restoration options. FASTapps FDIR uses a continuously updated network model, and boasts the ability to work straight through storm conditions that precipitate multiple faults and network reconfigurations.

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