Vaisala assesses causes & costs of avoidable catastrophic transformer failure

Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has studied recently released data by CIGRE – the international council on large electric systems – to reveal the most significant risks of transformer failure and the leading causes of downtime. CIGRE data shows that almost 50% of failures resulting in downtime originate in transformer windings, with

AMSC announces $8.0 million in D-VAR system orders in U.S., UK, Australia, and Jordan

AMSC, a global energy solutions provider serving wind and power grid industry leaders, recently announced four new D-VAR STATCOM system orders valued at about $8 million.

ABB unveils new TXtreme distribution transformer for harsh environments

ABB has launched a new longer-life distribution transformer called TXtreme, featuring a special coating that protects the transformer from corrosion in the most severe environments. Distribution transformers are key assets in power transmission and distribution networks, and are currently designed to operate 20 to 30 years. However, harsh operating conditions containing salt, moisture, or chemicals can

ABB launches industry-leading digital equipment

With the recent commercial launch of more than 180 solutions and services, ABB is unlocking value for customers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

ABB launches world’s first digital distribution transformer

ABB announced the launch of the world’s first digital distribution transformer at its ABB Customer World event in Houston, Texas. Integrated sensing and monitoring technology in ABB’s new TXpert transformer will provide intelligence to maximize reliability, optimize operating and maintenance costs, and manage the asset more efficiently. This latest innovation builds on the ABB Ability

Vaisala’s MHT410 boosts efficiencies in transformer condition assessment

MHT410, for instance, quickly delivers accurate hydrogen and moisture data directly from transformer oil.

Safely managing electrical power assets at wind farms

By Kerry Heid, President & CEO Shermco Industries This article is part of Windpower Engineering & Development’s February 2017 issue. A complete digital version of the issue is here. A few years ago, the InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA — an organization that offers standards and accreditation of third-party electrical testing) conducted a study that showed 23%

Vaisala study shows real-time transformer monitoring essential to avoid blackouts

In 2003, the worst blackout in U.S. history affected 50 million people and cost $6bn in damage. According to the DOE, power failures cost American businesses up to $150 billion per year. And what’s contributing to these blackouts and power failures? When left unchecked, moisture and dissolved gasses within aging power infrastructure leave the country

Making of the modern offshore substation

By Maryruth Belsey Priebe IQPC GmbH Offshore substations — the systems that collect and export the power generated by turbines through specialized submarine cables — are an essential component of offshore wind farms, especially at large, multi-megawatt sites. These systems serve an important function: to stabilize and maximize the voltage of power generated offshore, reduce

GE to provide 5-MW converters to support China’s offshore wind market

Driven by energy security, decarburization and industrial benefit, the Chinese government has set up an ambitious plan to achieve 30-GW installations by 2020 in the offshore wind industry. China’s offshore industry has seen robust growth over the past few years. GE’s Power Conversion business, a sub-business of GE Energy Connections, is set to provide its proven