Mobile Energy Storage Systems – Use Cases and Technology Challenges

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Presented By:Farid KatiraeiInnoversa Mobile SolutionsShadi ChuangpishitQuanta TechnologyTechCon 2024 Abstract This paper introduces the emerging applications for mobile energy storage systems (MESS) as a clean alternative for replacing diesel generators in all applications that traditionally emergency gen-sets have been utilized. Although small-size “portable” energy storage systems have been around for several years, the technology advancement have […]

Life Management And Extension of Power Transformers on the Island of Puerto Rico

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Presented By:Kenneth G. PetersonDirector of Substations-Large ProjectsLuma Energy ServCo, LLCPuerto RicoTechCon 2024 Abstract This paper will share current successes and existing struggles working within a damaged infrastructure as we face the challenge of dealing with global supply chain restraints along with the challenges on the Island of Puerto Rico as Luma Energy looks at various […]

Wind Farm Discoveries that Impact the Grid

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Presented By:Eric Hope PETroy RyanLeeward Renewable EnergyTechCon 2024 Abstract This paper will discuss the various impacts of wind generation on the grid. Topics include Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) interconnection fundamentals, voltage and frequency support, power quality, and wind turbine generator performance. The paper will also discuss Wind Turbine Generator operational experiences. Introduction Interconnection of wind […]

Defensible Space and Inspection Activities Reducing Substation Wildfire Ignitions

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Presented By:Justin Flores, Principal Specialist Substation Asset ManagementPacific Gas and Electric CompanyTechCon 2024 Abstract As wildland fires across the western US and beyond have recently increased in frequency and intensity, new strategies, and methods to detect ignition related failure risks are becoming increasingly critical to reduce the likelihood of utility caused catastrophic wildfires. Following a […]

The Importance of Through-Fault Monitoring in Power Transformers

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Presented By:Drew Weltonintellirent, division of ElectroRent Corp.TechCon 2024 Abstract One of the more common causes of mechanical failure in power transformers comes from exposure to through faults. Most of today’s transformer protective relay systems provide comprehensive monitoring of these potentially damaging events but are rarely activated. In this paper we will define the characteristics of […]

Premature Aging of the Transformer Due to Inadequate Drying of the Insulating System

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Presented By:Brian Sparling, SMIEEEKINECTRICS Inc.TechCon 2024 Abstract Moisture accumulation in the solid insulation of the transformer, is one of the key contributors to a transformer’s premature end of life. A wet transformer can fail at any given time even when operating well under its nameplate loading. The traditional method for transformer dry-out is to circulate […]

Safe and Efficient Transformer Testing After a Trip

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Presented By:Mark B. Goff, MSEE, PETennessee Valley AuthorityCollin Jay Rosson, EITTennessee Valley AuthorityCassandra H. Goff, MSEE, PEQualus Corp.TechCon 2023 Abstract This paper discusses the most efficient actions to take after a transformer trip by relay operation. As the power grid is pushed harder, it is vitally important to keep the power flowing. This entails having […]

Surviving Tomorrow’s Climate – National Grid’s Resiliency Journey

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Presented By:Rafael PanosEngineering ManagerNational GridTechCon 2023 Abstract In the recent years, millions of Americans across the country lost power at times when they needed it most. As the US power grid deals with an increase of heat waves, winter storms, and stronger hurricanes caused by climate change, these kinds of failures are happening more often, […]

Robotics Applied to Substations, Current and Future Trends


Presented By:Julien BeaudryHydro-Québec Research Institute (IREQ)Claude Rajotte Energy System Infrastructure Group, Hydro-QuébecTechCon 2023 Abstract Robotics technologies offer promising benefits for several applications in substations. Substations critical equipments require meticulous, periodic and systematic monitoring. Inspection robots are seen as an extension of monitoring technologies to cover condition assessment needs in complement to traditional sensors. Benefits of […]

Offshore Wind Integration Considerations

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Presented By:Mark McVeyPrincipal EngineerDominion Energy TechCon 2023 Abstract Wind Generations project development is accelerating along the Atlantic coast of the United States. Most transmission coastal service are remote, lack inertia, short circuit current and capacity to tolerate large amounts of Wind Generation. All of these grid characteristics we take for granted effect the reliability, availability […]

New Methods for Need Identification and Design of Grid-tied Energy Storage Systems

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Presented By:Sherif Abdelrazek, Ph.D., PEDuke Energy, LLCTechCon 2023 Abstract Energy Storage Systems (ESSs) can accommodate an extensive variety of functions, rendering them a viable solution to enhance grid resiliency, reliability and efficiency. They can also enable high penetration of renewable energy resources on our grids. However, the current capital cost, life cycle, and efficiency of […]

Life Extension of Power Transformers Through Proper Moisture Management

Power Transformers

Presented By:Drew Weltonintellirent, division of ElectroRent Corp.TechCon 2023 Abstract Excessive moisture within the oil and insulating materials of a transformer has a significant effect on the life cycle of these critical and expensive assets. Moisture is one of the most influential elements that can accelerate aging in oil, paper, and pressboard insulation, possibly resulting in […]