The purchase of the units, which comply with the new substation integration standard IEC-61850, advances a smart grid effort that began in 2000 with the implementation of a PRISM Distribution Management System from ACS that included 35 substation controllers replacing legacy RTUs.
In January 2008, ACS delivered to JEPCO 500 new, advanced NTX-10 switch controllers. These pole mounted units equipped with analog input modules are capable of performing fault calculations on the network and communicating them to the master station to enable automated Fault Detection, Isolation and Restoration (FDIR). The NTX-10s with D 060 analog input modules are part of plans by JEPCO to eventually utilize some 6000 such units on the network.
“We appreciate JEPCO’s commitment to the implementation of a fully automated distribution management system and the continued confidence they’ve shown in ACS’ solutions,” noted German L. Fellay, ACS international sales and marketing director, who helped close the deal which brings JEPCO’s total investment in ACS smart grid technology to over $3m since 2008.
ACS’ research and development team in Atlanta worked with parent company EFACEC’s Portuguese R&D arm to develop the new D 060 intelligent analog input module in a first collaboration showcasing the American team’s smart grid innovation and the European team’s expertise in compliance to the highest levels of international standards.
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