S and C Electric Co. introduces smart grid solutions at DistribuTECH

Chicago, February 1, 2011 – S&C Electric Co. is making several new product and solution launches today at DistribuTECH 2011 in San Diego.

“The innovative solutions introduced today are representative of S&C’s ongoing work to advance grid technologies that support our future energy needs,” says Mike Edmonds, S&C’s Global Smart Grid Strategies Director. “As utilities around the world look to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their reliance on local energy sources, solutions relying on distributed intelligence are essential to realizing smart grid goals, such as peak shaving and shifting, efficiency improvements and improved reliability and stability.”

S&C is proud to announce smart grid advancements for three core applications: communication systems, self-healing technology and community energy storage.

Communications Systems

Launched today at DistribuTECH, the IntelliCom series of intelligent grid communications devices further broadens S&C’s portfolio of communications solutions. S&C’s IntelliCom WAN platform is a mesh wide-area networking system with industry-leading data transmission speeds of up to 400 Mbps and the lowest latencies available for mesh products. It provides a superior backhaul solution for electric utilities and can simultaneously serve multiple applications.

Using leading radio technology, IntelliCom allows segmentation of communications bandwidth, so users can designate routes for specific users, applications or destinations. IntelliCom products also offer FIPS 140 security compliance, a stringent specification that the federal government requires homeland security and public safety applications to meet.

Self-Healing Technology

S&C’s advancements in self-healing technology include the latest release of the IntelliTEAM SG Automatic Restoration System. Communication-enhanced coordination, unique to the new IntelliTEAM SG and supported by S&C’s IntelliRupter PulseCloser, improves reliability by optimizing protective settings in the event of a short circuit so that only the IntelliRupter closest to the fault opens.

This new feature will reduce the number of momentary interruptions that consumers experience. The latest IntelliTEAM SG also features In-Field Instant Replay, which simplifies the process for reconstructing the sequence of events leading to short circuits and greatly reduces the time that utility engineers need to spend on such analyses.

The IntelliRupter product line, a series of smart switches leveraging embedded intelligence, now includes a compact version for overhead lines and a pad-mounted version for underground distribution systems.

Using pulseclosing technology, the IntelliRupter improves power quality for businesses and consumers while dramatically reducing wear-and-tear on utility distribution system assets.

Community Energy Storage

As utilities integrate distributed renewable energy into the grid, such as wind or photovoltaic sources, the challenge to maintain grid stability increases. Additionally, utilities face peak load increases due to electric vehicles. S&C’s Smart Grid CES Community Energy Storage – officially launched today at DistribuTECH – can help maintain voltage stability, minimize power losses, and shave peak loads.

Large aggregations of CES units can be controlled by the CES Hub Control System, a self-contained unit that integrates seamlessly with S&C’s IntelliTEAM SG and allows the CES units to act as a distributed power plant.

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