Quick Stab blackout warning software acquired


Ralf Christian, CEO,
Siemens Energy Power
Distribution Division
Erlangen, Germany — (METERING.COM) — July 26, 2010 – Quick Stab, a software package used to prevent blackouts in power supply grids, has been acquired by Siemens Energy from SCS Info Tech in New York, the company has announced.

With the acquisition Siemens is expanding its portfolio with a further key component for setting up smart grids, the company said in a statement.

Quick Stab is in use among utilities in Asia and Europe, Latin America and the U.S.A. The package can be used not only to enhance the stability of grids, but also provides for permanent monitoring, warning the control center when a power failure seems imminent on account of changes to grid utilization and flow of power within the grid.

The stability limits of power grids shift continuously during operation, brought about by the changing load on the grid. The first step in avoiding blackouts is to render the grid operator capable of rapidly determining at any time how far the power supply grid actually is from a state of voltage instability or disconnection of power plant generators from the grid. The Spectrum Power grid control system, which Siemens has been providing for some time now with the blackout prevention software from SCS Info Tech, supports the grid operator in this endeavor.

“Our experience with Quick Stab and that of our customers was so positive all along the line that we decided to acquire this software instead of continuing to integrate it into our system as a third-party product,” said Ralf Christian, CEO of the Power Distribution Division within Siemens Energy.

Acquisition of this blackout prevention software allows Siemens to offer utilities a complete package of real-time and off-line grid analysis and stability applications. Siemens will also be responsible, starting immediately, for worldwide sales and further development of the software.