BPL Global, Ltd. hast entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) for its patented Transformer Oil Analysis and Notification (TOAN) technology. In combination with its Serveron line of transformer monitors, BPLG will use the TOAN technology to enable utilities to improve reliability, increase productivity and reduce capital costs by accessing diagnostics to extend transformer life. The integration of TOAN into BPLG's fleet of transformer monitors will allow utility asset managers to monitor the health of power transformers.
In 2008, development of the TOAN system earned APS the Edison Award, the electric utility industry's highest honor. TOAN technology leverages data from BPLG's dissolved gas analysis data set to provide accurate diagnostic outcomes. It will be integrated into BPLG's TM View software system, combining TM View's visualization and management capabilities with TOAN's artificial neural net computing engine to turn large amounts of data into actionable information. With twice the accuracy of traditional industry diagnostic techniques, TOAN, in combination with BPLG's transformer monitors, can precisely observe developing faults inside transformers progressing from undetectable levels to failure within days or even hours.
"Arizona's extreme temperatures and historical growth require us to constantly evaluate and invest in our electric system; protecting that system is vital," said Don Lamontagne, APS Engineering Manager and TOAN inventor. "We developed TOAN to protect our transformer fleet, manage our investment and ensure a safe, reliable electric system for our customers. In the years to come, we expect TOAN to make similar contributions across the entire industry."
Bundled with BPLG's TM View software and transformer monitors, TOAN enables an "exception-based" system of fault analysis. The BPLG system with TOAN offers analysis beyond traditional diagnostic tools that categorize fault classes. In an industry breakthrough, using artificial intelligence programming to analyze the data produced by BPLG's on-line transformer monitors, the system can identify the severity of each fault class simultaneously with accuracy as well as provide predictive analytics.
BPLG's portfolio of transformer monitors, including models TM8, TM3 and TM1, deliver critical analysis and insight into possible fault conditions that can lead to catastrophic transformer failure. By accurately detecting trace levels of targeted gases, BPLG's transformer monitors assist utilities in achieving the highest levels of safe power transformer operation by significantly reducing the likelihood of outages, lowering maintenance costs of power transformers and deferring capital expenditures by extending transformer life.
Transformer Monitoring is part of the broader suite of smart grid solutions from BPLG including Substation Automation, Demand Management, Grid Management and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Management.