Smart grid nuts and bolts: New releases from Siemens, GE, Itron (and others)


What's on your smart grid shopping list? Scroll down and on page 2 for a quick peek at six new products that do some of the heavy lifting in grid reliability - from a utility-scale inverter technology from Eaton to a bushing monitoring system for transformers released by GE.


Eaton launches utility-scale inverter technology

Eaton Corporation has introduced a new high-power inverter designed to provide a reliable, efficient energy storage link for wind and solar customers. The advanced utility-scale inverter technology is part of Eaton's new Series 6001 inverter, which the company says helps utilities reduce downtime and clear faults faster by staying on line during fault conditions. The Series 6001is rated for 500 kilowatt (kW), 1000 kW and 1500 kW applications. Get more details >>



GE Energy releases bushing monitoring system for transformers

GE says its Intellix BMT 300 bushing monitoring system for transformers can detect and diagnose problems before they occur, helping improve power reliability at utilities. "The Intellix BMT 300 targets the critical failure points on the bushings to avoid asset damages, or in some cases, avoid complete loss of the customer’s transformer," said Simon Phillips, a general manager for GE's digital energy business. The Intellix BMT 300 is available stand-alone or as part of a comprehensive solution integrated with other GE products to provide an in-depth view of transformer health. Get more details >>

Itron adds Cooper Power Systems' PLC communications to meters

Itron's Centron II meters are now available with Cooper Power Systems' power line carrier communications technology, expanding the meter deployment choices available to utilities to meet their specific needs.Itron SVP Mark deVere-White called the Centron II with integrated PLC communications "the perfect platform to meet current and future business needs, with applications ranging from standard metering to smart grid initiatives." Get the details >>


One-Cycle Control targets harmonics and power factor issues

Leveraging technology invented at Caltech & UC Irvine and developed under the California Energy Commission and California Institute for Energy & Environment, One-Cycle Control says its Power Factor Filter is the first hardware-enabled 3-phase Active Power Filter that can enable harmonics cancellation and power factor correction in real-time. By reducing harmonics to < 5% and improving power factor to > 0.99, the company says OCC-APV eliminates problems caused by harmonic pollution and frees up capacity on transformers, protection equipment and wiring. Get the details >>


Telvent's advanced DMS offers self-healing automation

Vendors continue to push the envelope in distribution automation as they have been for a while in smart metering, as evidenced by Telvent's latest Advanced Distribution Management System (Advanced DMS). Telvent says its new technology can help utilities improve reliability, safety and efficiency through automation that supports energy loss minimization, improved demand management and emergency response. It also provides benefits in renewable generation, with modeling, monitoring, analysis and planning of distributed renewable energy combined with weather integration and near-term load forecasting.  Get the details >>