USA, Pennsylvania: Tollgrade Communications, Inc. announced their new substation monitoring application as a cost-effective way to prevent some of the leading transformer failure causes.
The new application is an addition to LightHouse®, Tollgrade’s award-winning fault-detection and distribution monitoring platform which also enables greater visibility and reliability without installing costly backhaul communications. Tollgrade’s LightHouse sensors have integrated communications, are hot stick deployable, and only take a few minutes to install without the need to de-energise or re-wire substations. They allow utilities to detect if transformers are stressed by overloading or at risk of aging prematurely. The reports and alarms can be customised to the transformer manufacturer’s nameplate rating.
The company separately announced Manitoba Hydro chose the Tollgrade LightHouse platform to provide visibility at their unmonitored substations.
“One of the most challenging tasks a utility faces is having actionable visibility in their distribution network, particularly as their assets like substation transformers age and face the stress of unforeseen conditions, demands or extreme weather,” said Erik Christian, Vice President Smart Grid at Tollgrade Communications.
“Most utilities are forced to leave some percentage of their substations unmonitored because the costs of outfitting them with new equipment and communications have been prohibitive. Now, with LightHouse, it is possible to hang a few Smart Grid line sensors with integrated wireless communications at a substation in a matter of minutes and have immediate visibility that can help avoid an outage or failure,” he added.