S&C Electric Co. was named one of the winners of this year’s R&D 100 Awards Competition for its new TripSaver Dropout Recloser.Winners were judged on their success in introducing the 100 most technologically significant products of the year. The winners will be honored at a ceremony in October.TripSaver protects overhead lateral circuits on electrical distribution systems. Used in lieu of a more commonly applied fuse cutout, it improves system reliability by eliminating the permanent outage which results when the cutout responds to a temporary fault.Offered in system voltage class ratings of 15.5 and 27 kV, this self-powered, electronically controlled vacuum recloser can be installed in new or existing cutout mountings. A two-insulator branch-feeder style mounting is also available. TripSaver requires no programming or batteries.