GridSense, On Ramp Wireless to develop wireless smart transformer monitoring

Montchanin, Del., May 13, 2011 GridSense, a portfolio company of Acorn Energy announced its partnership with On-Ramp Wireless to develop a utility distribution point monitoring system.

The system for distribution automation combines the GridSense TransformerIQ platform with On-Ramp’s Ultra-Link Processing (ULP) system.

Together these technologies enable utilities to cost-effectively deploy secure and reliable monitoring throughout their distribution network for asset monitoring, fault indication to improve outage restoration, to provide alerts to power quality issues, to capture power thefts and to act as a hub for demand-side load management all with a single wireless device.

Of the about 1 million transformers in the US, only 2 percent are currently monitored. By accessing information from their network of distribution transformers and overhead lines, utilities gain savings, efficiencies, and reliability and will avoid large unnecessary capital expenditures.

For example, with accurate “real time” low-cost monitoring, utilities could reduce reserve margins from as much as 20 percent to as little as 10 percent, which on a nationwide basis could avoid almost $100 billion of capital expenditure of the next twenty years.

On-Ramp’s ULP system can support 20,000 TransformerIQ monitors per Access Point. This provides capacity to spare for other distribution automation applications, and securely deliver transformer data to a utility’s back office OMS/DMS and other systems.

GridSense TransformerIQ offers a quick retrofit solution onto existing energized distribution transformers, enabling a lower cost system upgrade without the impact of an outage or downtime.

Working with GridSense, On-Ramp is providing utilities with the resources necessary to monitor their distribution assets and improve their performance and bottom lines.

On-Ramp and GridSense will jointly pilot the Smart Transformer monitoring solution in Q2 2011.


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