BPL Global(R), Ltd. (BPLG) has partnered with Xcel Energy on their Smart Substation project in St. Paul, Minnesota. BPLG and Xcel Energy will deploy BPLG’s Serveron Transformer Monitoring Solution in Xcel Energy’s Merriam Park substation to provide continuous information on the health of the power transformer.
The Smart Substation project includes retrofitting an existing substation with cutting-edge technology that will serve as a platform to demonstrate Xcel Energy’s ability to implement state of the art monitoring and control equipment. The project includes developing an analytics engine that processes massive amounts of data for near real-time decision-making and automated actions. Additionally, the project will enable operators to perform almost all functions remotely and will eliminate much of the need for “hands on” monitoring and control. The Smart Substation project will help Xcel Energy in optimising power factor performance and obtain a significant reduction in distribution losses leading to a reduction in carbon footprint.
The Smart Substation project operational benefits include reduced maintenance and installation costs, improved employee safety and equipment life, faster restoration times and increased system reliability. This system will also test and demonstrate newly developed security technology.