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Grid performance and reliability starts with real-time visibility into the backbone of your grid – the distribution network. With Aclara’s Grid Monitoring Platform distribution monitoring platform, electric utilities can rapidly detect faults (e.g. type of fault, cause and location); classify different categories of line disturbances; and continuously monitor load and power quality across all three phases of a medium voltage distribution network

Aclara’s Grid Monitoring Platform provides immediate visibility by monitoring your electric distribution grid to deliver the granular interval data needed to:

  • Reduce customer and system outage minutes
  • Detect overload on substation transformers
  • Find imbalance on circuits
  • Monitor high-value assets
  • Determine if circuits are operating normally or improperly
  • Get visibility into poor performing circuits
  • Find and resolve chronic power quality issues

 

The Grid Monitoring Platform inductively-powered distribution monitoring platform employs:

  • Medium voltage (MV) inductively powered sensors with flexible cellular or Wi-Fi communications with operations down to 3 amps. Key sensor measurements include:  load current, fault current, electric field strength, power factor, phase angle, sags, surges, wire temperature and harmonics.
  • Sensor management system (SMS) s with predictive grid analytics which classifies power disturbance events and provides the visualization and situational awareness to quickly respond to load planning, outages, and power quality challenges.

Aclara Grid Monitoring Platform – A Next-Generation Distribution Monitoring Platform

Aclara’s Grid Monitoring Platform distribution monitoring platform consists of inductively powered Medium Voltage (MV) sensors and predictive analytics software that provides real-time visibility into feeders and laterals down to 3 amps to detect faults, monitor power quality and detect load imbalance across all three phases of your distribution network. .

Grid Monitoring Platform medium voltage (MV) sensors quickly clamp directly onto overhead conductors, are inductively powered to last five times longer than battery powered sensor options. The sensors provide real-time data and alarms about grid conditions back to the Grid Monitoring Platform sensor management system (SMS) software to classify events and monitor loads.  Predictive grid analytics software reveals the health of your grid and manages big data with insightful and powerful analytics. Visualization tools such as Google Maps deliver the situational awareness you need to respond to issues and changes on your grid.  A flexible architecture means utilities can integrate Grid Monitoring Platform over cellular, or use a wide area network (e.g. Wi-Fi, WiMAX, wireless mesh, DSL or fiber).

 

With the real-time data from Grid Monitoring Platform utilizes can:

  • Reduce customer and system outage minutes
  • Detect overload on substation transformers
  • Find imbalance on circuits
  • Monitor high-value assets
  • Determine if circuits are operating properly
  • Get visibility into your  poor performing circuits
  • Find and resolve chronic power quality issues

 

An Affordable, Easy Way to Monitor Substations

Typical substation monitoring requires expensive and labor-intensive installation of field equipment, substation and new conduits and wiring.  Grid Monitoring Platform sensors  hot-tick deployable, taking only a few minutes to install — no need to roll fiber, de-energize substations or re-wire. They are battery-free (inductively powered), require no calibration and are rated to last for 20 years. Our sensors are software-defined for remote management and are wireless r firmware-upgradable.

Dashboard Reporting, Configurable Alarms and Actionable Intelligence

Configurable reports and alarms can be customized to a transformer manufacturer’s nameplate rating. Real-time overload and peak load reporting shows when transformers are stressed beyond capacity. Real-time phase imbalance monitoring tells when phases are out of balance which can otherwise reduce the lifecycle of equipment. . Alarms can be prioritized by severity and events are captured in the Grid Monitoring Platform SMS dashboard for future analysis.

Industry-Leading Fault Detection Analytics

Grid Monitoring Platform sensors deployed at an unmonitored substations can also take advantage of fault detection capabilities to pinpoint the location outages in real-time to dispatch repair crews, especially in rural settings where distance and repair time is vital. By reducing truck rolls and crew time in the field, Grid Monitoring Platform can significantly improve operational costs and deliver safe, affordable and reliable energy.

Seamlessly Integrated into Your Data Center or Flexible Hosting Options

Grid Monitoring Platform makes integrating substation monitoring and central office reporting through DNP3 a painless process. With Grid Monitoring Platform MV sensors deployed, information flows directly and transparently into existing SCADA, Historian or DMS systems. For utilities without these systems, Grid Monitoring Platform can be installed as a turn-key hosted service with our r services team available assisting t during deployments to incorporate Grid Monitoring Platform data to exact requirements. 

Deployed at the World’s Leading Utilities

Grid Monitoring Platform is a field–proven choice at many of the world’s largest utilities. In North America, one industry leader saw a 2.6percent improvement in their American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) score, and Toronto Hydro reported the potential to save 550,000 customer outage minutes by monitoring just two feeders alone. In the UK, Western Power Distribution selected the Grid Monitoring Platform to provide better information for network planning to improve grid reliability while also responding to the new low-carbon future demands.