US utility company CenterPoint Energy has selected energy management firm Landis+Gyr to improve management of its power distribution assets.The utility company will be equipped with Landis+Gyr’s Advanced Grid Analytics solution to manage and control the performance of its transformers.
The system will allow the utility firm to trace and manage power load on its transformers. CenterPoint said it believes the solution will help it improve service to its 2.3 million customers.
John Toubassi, Director of Advanced Metering Systems at CenterPoint, commented: “Enhancing data analytics related to our distribution transformers not only increases our efficiency, but also provides proactive asset management strategies.”
The software will replace CenterPoint’s transformer load management system.
[quote] Dave Connaker, general manager of analytics solution at Landis+Gyr, added: “Our solution provides CenterPoint with insights into transformer loading that can be utilized by many departments in the utility.”
Landis+Gyr grid management technologies
Meanwhile, the energy grid management solutions firm partnered with smart grid analytics firm Sentient Energy to improve operations of its power distribution automation solution.
Sentient Energy developed a power distribution fault sensor ‘S610 Line Sensor’ for Landis+Gyr.
In a combined statement, the two parties said the sensor is deployable as a plug-and-play equipment in Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream Distribution Intelligence solution.
The S610 Line Sensor senses current, conductor temperature and voltage characteristics to help utilities detect faults within their power distribution networks.
The sensor comprises a GPS functionality used to provide utilities with real time data on the status of the network. Utilities make use of the GPS functionality to locate the exact location of the failure within the distribution network.
John Radgowski, vice president of Solutions Product Management at Landis+Gyr, said: “By further automating this part of the deployment process, utilities more quickly realize benefits in the field. [California utility selects Landis+Gyr for grid optimisation].
“In addition to substantial time and cost savings on each unit deployed, the ability to place sensors anywhere in the network without prior programming streamlines the planning process for faster return on investment,” reiterated Radgowski.
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