S&C Electric Co. last week launched new solutions to help utilities realize a self-healing smart grid, in conjunction with the IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition. These products help reduce outage time and give utilities better grid management capabilities, ultimately improving the reliability and efficiency of power delivery for customers.

The new product advancements integrate automatic restoration with grid optimization solutions. Also, enhanced communications system tools help simplify the management of distribution automation solutions for utilities.

TripSaver II Cutout-Mounted Recloser

TripSaver II is the next generation of S&C's protection products for utility distribution grids. TripSaver II brings distributed intelligence to secondary distribution lines, reducing outage durations and improving reliability. New features expand its application range and allow for use in more places on the grid, including a higher 6.3 kA fault-interrupting rating and a lower minimum trip current of 5 amperes. It also offers additional indicators that simplify use for operating personnel.

Integrated Solutions for Automatic Restoration and Grid Optimization

S&C also announced new features for its IntelliTeam VV Volt-Var Optimization System, which is now easily integrated with automatic restoration applications such as S&C's IntelliTeam SG. IntelliTeam VV can now track the status of automated switching devices. When it observes that automated switches have operated in response to an outage, IntelliTeam VV updates the system topology and then continues its optimization algorithm.

Enhanced Communication Systems for DA Deployment

In addition, S&C launched its new IntelliTeam CNMS Communication Network Management System. IntelliTeam CNMS allows utilities to manage S&C SpeedNet Radio networks from a central location, making it easier than ever to support communication systems that can meet the stringent requirements of a distribution automation application. The IntelliTeam CNMS monitors Ethernet and wireless interface performance of each radio and alerts operators of impending trouble due to tree growth, building construction or other causes. The system also supports continuous monitoring and management of radio configuration and network topology. By providing additional tools for utilities to ensure optimal performance of a critical communication system, IntelliTeam CNMS simplifies the work needed to support a network of communication networks.