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Siemens Energy installs world’s first leased rapid response transformers

USA, Florida, Orlando: Siemens Energy has announced the successful delivery and installation of three single phase Pretact® GSU Sensformer™ transformers.

The transformers were deployed to provide a solution in response to a failed conventional transformer at a combined cycle power plant.

The Pretact transformers are designed to serve as replacement equipment in the event of transformer outages. These are multi-voltage, modular transformers that can be deployed anywhere and configured to match customer requirements using biodegradable insulating fluids that reduce environmental risks during transport and operation. They also offer smart technology that transmits real-time data to a cloud-based storage, analytics and visualization platform to allow for performance optimization.

Siemens Energy is leasing the transformers to the facility, which made it possible for the power plant to return to service in less than two months from a forced outage caused by a failure of their existing, conventional GSU transformer. The Pretact Sensformers will be in service until Siemens Energy delivers a new, permanent replacement transformer.

Society depends on reliable electricity, as long-term power interruptions can have disastrous consequences. Siemens Energy is focused on improving grid resiliency by offering mobile plug-and-play units that can quickly restore power after a failure at either a substation or generating facility or to avoid disruptions during grid maintenance and upgrades. Compared to conventional transformer replacements, which might not be available for 9 to 12 months after an outage, the easy-to-install Pretact technology allows for rapid reinforcement of a power grid in an emergency or due to unexpected events, as well as during seasonal peak loads or when networks expand.

“This is the first time a multi-voltage GSU has been leased to customers as a flexible transformer replacement option. Being able to rapidly deploy innovative replacement equipment is key to enhancing grid resiliency here in the U.S. so that we can help our customers keep the lights on,” said Wade Lauer, senior vice president of Siemens Energy’s Transmission division in North America.

 

Source: Business Wire