PITTSBURGH, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- BPL Global, Ltd. (BPLG), a smart grid technology company dedicated to leading the transformation of energy and information delivery, announced today that their Serveron(R) Transformer Monitors are an integral part of the Arizona Public Service (APS) Edison Award-winning Transformer Oil Analysis and Notification system (TOAN). APS received the prestigious Edison Award on June 16, 2008 at the Edison Electric Institute's annual conference held in Toronto, Canada for their TOAN system, a landmark system that monitors major power transformers in near-real-time.
Power transformers, which either step-up or step-down the voltage of electricity to enable its transmission and distribution, represent the single largest asset class for generation, transmission and distribution companies other than the power plants themselves. On-site, on-line transformer monitoring is a proven solution enabling electric utilities to manage transformer assets more reliably, operate them with a greater margin of safety and minimize or safely postpone the costs of repairing or replacing these valuable assets. Extending the life of transformers is an important strategy for utilities to sustain reliable energy delivery in the face of lead-times as long as 2 years to replace failed transformers. The cost of purchasing new power transformers can range from about $500,000 to more than $10 million each. The net result is that catastrophic transformer fires may one day be a thing of the past, not only for APS, but for the entire electric industry.
The APS (TOAN) system -- an automated method of monitoring transformer "health" in near-real time -- can make a significant contribution to electric utility reliability and productivity while reducing overall electric utility infrastructure costs by billions of dollars within a decade.
"Arizona Public Service has utilized our on-line transformer monitors to create a significant advancement in power transformer condition assessment and management," said Keith Schaefer, BPLG's Chief Executive Officer. "We congratulate them on winning the industry's highest honor, the Edison Award from EEI, and receiving well-deserved recognition for their commitment to innovation."
In the past APS, like many utilities, has relied on manual sampling of transformer oil at intervals of one to several months. Employee time, cost and data constraints seriously limit the frequency and accuracy of oil sampling and analysis. The old techniques are simply too slow, too labor intensive and, given workforce changes, too impractical to protect APS' large and crucial investment in transmission infrastructure.
The TOAN project created the first automated system in the nation to combine on-line monitoring of transformer dissolved gases with analysis and notification of abnormal conditions. Faults are detected with high confidence using artificial intelligence-based software. TOAN is twice as accurate (greater than 93 percent) as industry-standard diagnostic techniques.
"APS is committed to investing in technologies that benefit our customers, and our TOAN system is at the forefront of this effort," said Don Brandt, APS President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have more than 100 transformer monitors from BPL Global helping protect our major transformers today, and the monitors provide critical transformer health data analyzed by our TOAN software. Our partnership with BPL Global has been a valuable contributor to the success of our TOAN system. The implications of this project are enormous -- both from a reliability and a cost perspective -- for the entire industry."
With TOAN, APS has demonstrated (1) innovation by making a quantum leap in the accuracy standard for monitoring and protecting transformers, (2) leadership by being the first utility to adopt these novel technologies and procedures, and (3) a significant contribution to the electric utility industry's future by improving reliability, increasing productivity and protecting huge capital assets with unprecedented confidence.
In addition to APS, more than 30 other major electric utilities worldwide are committed to new voluntary transformer-monitoring standards to help prevent transformer failures. BPL Global markets its advanced dissolved gas analysis transformer monitoring technology to electric utilities, and other power generation, transmission and distribution organizations in the U.S. and around the world.
About BPL Global(R)
BPL Global, Ltd. (BPLG) is a smart grid technology company dedicated to leading the transformation of how energy and information are delivered. The company provides software solutions to electric utilities enabling an intelligent grid to more efficiently manage demand, integrate distributed energy resources, improve service reliability, and optimize cost and capital productivity. BPLG partners with local utilities, ISPs, equipment suppliers and financiers to create end-to-end solutions integrating the best in software, communications, hardware and managed services to aggressively deploy our solutions around the world. Part of the clean technology sector of the electric utility industry, our applications provide the critical foundation for a coordinated, intelligent grid to deliver energy more efficiently for a greener environment. Visit BPLG on the web at www.bplglobal.net.
About Arizona Public Service
APS, Arizona's largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves about 1.1 million customers in 11 of the state's 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, AZ USA APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE:PNW).
Source: BPL Global, Ltd.