A new feeder automation device to help utilities to ensure power availability and reduce outage times, will be presented by Schneider Electric at European Utility Week.According to a company release, the device includes advanced fault detection features. Functions include directional and non-directional over-current detection, broken, or bridged line detection, transformer (per phase), and fuse blown detection. The device also anticipates the loss of LV neutral.
The release adds that the automation capabilities of the Easergy T300 means that the feeder automation device can be applied to reconfigure the network and reduce outage time with centralised and decentralised automation.
Schneider claims that the device offers advanced monitoring, control, and automation functions, and employs the latest communication technologies for remote and local operation, enabling utilities to minimise supply interruptions, optimise network performance, and reduce operational costs. [Two out of three firms planning for IoT – Schneider survey]
"Accurate voltage and power measurement within the [feeder automation device] also helps with the integration of MV and LV distributed energy resources by providing this high-accuracy data to the Volt-VAR system for real-time management. It also helps to optimise the power flows and monitor power quality delivery on both MV and LV sides, according to EN 50160, even when integrating intermittent distributed generation.
"Accurate data analysis of the [device] helps optimise grid investments by managing peak-load situations in real-time with accurate data. This data can also help in reducing technical and non-technical losses and optimising energy efficiency with improved load flow calculations."
Schneider Electric partners on building energy management
In May this year, US intelligent lighting systems provider Digital Lumens has partnered with Schneider Electric to enhance energy efficiency in buildings. [Schneider appoints new CTO to drive IT/OT convergence]
In a press statement, Brian Chemel, co-founder of Digital Lumens said: “By integrating with building management systems like Schneider's SmartStruxure solution, we can arm customers with unprecedented views into how their facilities really work.”
At the same time, Schneider Electric will use Digital Lumens’ energy management and data analytics solution LightRules to help its customers to manage energy costs through the provision of real time data on energy consumption of buildings’ HVAC systems.
The partnership is placed under Schneider Electric’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center which helps companies to further research and develop their IoT and energy management technologies.
Paul Campbell, vice president of the Innovation division at Schneider Electric added: “By working together to leverage connected technologies, we can tap into new capabilities that provide our customers with enhanced energy management and automation solutions that improve efficiency, sustainability, reliability and safety.”