Every aspect of the nation’s economy relies on the resiliency of our power grid, which is why federal, state and local governments have partnered with the energy industry in an effort to implement the latest power control technology.  Construction of the New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) smart grid and control center project in Rensselaer, New York is one such example.

Featuring the latest digital monitoring technologies designed to strengthen the grid’s reliability as well as its security throughout region, the new $38 million primary power control center utilizes sophisticated grid sensors, known as synchrophasors, or phasor measurement units, that monitor the flow of electricity with unprecedented precision and provide continuous and near-real-time information on the grid’s health.

NYISO Power Control Station - Interior

“A smarter and stronger electric grid will help save consumers money, strengthen our energy security and build a more sustainable, cleaner energy future,” said Assistant Secretary Hoffman. “The New York Independent System Operator’s smart grid project represents a critical investment in the resiliency and efficiency of our power grid, while giving utilities the tools they need to make sure local communities and businesses have access to affordable and reliable electricity.” 

NYISO Power Control Station - Exterior

“When companies are deciding where to invest in starting or growing a business, one of the most important factors they look for is the availability of reliable and affordable power,” said U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, whose district includes the NYISO’s headquarters. “The NYISO’s new control center and the recent completion of critical smart grid infrastructure upgrades will help ensure new and existing businesses have the power they need to drive economic growth in the region and across the state.”

Along with 8 other energy transmission owners, NYISO used $38 million from the Federal Recovery Act to install synchrophasors and smart grid technologies, such as transmission capacitors designed to allow grid operators to regulate transmission voltages.  Advanced software also played a role by allowing engineers to perform detailed modeling and analysis across the system, providing a more in-depth view of the grid.

Synchrophasors measure voltages and currents at principle intersecting locations (critical substations) on a power grid and can output accurately time-stamped voltage and current phasors. Because these phasors are truly synchronized, synchronized comparison of two quantities is possible, in real time. These comparisons can be used to assess system conditions-such as; frequency changes, MW, MVARs, kVolts, etc. The monitored points are preselected through various studies to make extremely accurate phase angle measurements to indicate shifts in system (grid) stability. The phasor data is collected either on-site or at centralized locations using Phasor Data Concentrator technologies. The data is then transmitted to a regional monitoring system which is maintained by the local Independent System Operator (ISO). These ISO’s will monitor phasor data from individual PMU’s or from as many as 150 PMU’s – this monitoring provides an accurate means of establishing controls for power flow from multiple energy generation sources (nuclear, coal, wind, etc.).

Power generation, transmission and management extends far beyond the capabilities of synchrophasors. High performance computing platforms, such as those designed and manufactured by Trenton Systems using the latest Intel processors, are vital components in the overall need to collect data and monitor a diverse range of critical energy systems.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Engineering Custom Systems to Match Application Specs

by Mark Lovett on September 26, 2014

At Trenton Systems our standard products are designed to satisfy a range of applications across a broad spectrum of industries, but in many cases, our customer needs to have a product designed to meet their exact specifications.  This was the case when an OEM customer came to us with a request to engineer a range of custom systems that had to meet exact configuration, operation and certification requirements.

Trenton Systems Custom System Design Process

The key design requirement for the main system was that it needed to contain two independent systems, each of which had to support specific I/O cards.  The solution was to build a PICMG 1.3 backplane along with a dual system chassis that would accommodate two of these backplanes, each with its own single board computer, while meeting the added need to achieve their stringent SWaP objectives.

Trenton Systems Dual Segment Customer Driven Computing Solution

This is just one example of how Trenton Systems can engineer and manufacture a custom system to meet your specific application needs.  Beyond the military application illustrated here, Trenton Systems has also created custom systems and board-level hardware solutions across industries such as energy exploration, oil and gas production, medical diagnostics, big data and machine-to-machine applications.  Give us a call at +1 770.287.3100 or toll-free at 800.875.6031 to discuss your specific application requirements.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

SpaceX and Boeing Enable the Future of American Spaceflight

by Mark Lovett September 18, 2014

At the present time, the task of taking astronauts to and from the International Space Station is in Russian hands, but that’s about to change based on NASA’s recent announcement that SpaceX & Boeing have been selected to develop transport systems that will deliver American flight crews up to the International Space Station, and do so […]

Read the full article →

Big Data Targets Manufacturing Performance Improvements

by Mark Lovett September 5, 2014

Rackmount computers have been used to automate manufacturing processes since the 1980s, monitoring critical factors such as temperatures, pressures, flow rate and humidity, as well as controlling production conveyor systems and robotic assembly lines, but the potential of utilizing Big Data takes manufacturing performance to a whole new level, as seen in the results of this […]

Read the full article →

New 4U Rugged Rackmount Server On Drawing Board

by Mark Lovett August 22, 2014

It all starts in the mechanical design process, where our engineers utilize existing Trenton Systems components, such as our soon to be released BPG8194 PCI Express Gen3 backplane, and create a rackmount server that will provide customers with a high performance, flexible, computing solution. The TRC4015 4U rackmount server is a prime example of our approach to […]

Read the full article →

High-Density PCI Express Gen3 Backplane Coming Soon!

by Mark Lovett August 15, 2014

As we’re all well aware, PCI Express Gen3 can provide a serious performance boost to I/O intensive applications, but few vendors have the expertise needed to build high-density backplanes that can achieve maximum throughput.  For example, the 3.0 specification requires a pre-validation of the link before any data transmission, and if the automatic equalization training cannot establish a […]

Read the full article →