28th ESA Annual Conference and Expo


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Hynes Convention Center

Boston, MA

April 18-20, 2018


Microgrid Knowledge: Long Before Microgrids were Called Microgrids: The Russelectric Story


Long Before Microgrids were Called Microgrids:

The Russelectric Story

Edmund Malley, Russelectric vice president, technology and innovation

You might say the world’s just catching up to Russelectric. Long before microgrids were called microgrids, the Massachusetts-based company offered the technology.

“We have been building microgrid and distributed energy controllers and systems for 50-60 years, they just weren’t calling them that,” said John Stark, Russelectric’s marketing communications supervisor. “The words distributed energy and microgrids have only come into common usage in the last 10 years or so. We didn’t use those words to describe these projects, but we essentially built systems with the same functionality and the same capabilities.”

The only real difference now is the addition of solar and energy storage, “and for us those are just additional power sources and another asset that needs control,” he said.

Today, Russelectric demonstrates its mastery over the contemporary microgrid at its corp…

Russelectric in the News

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Russelectric in Hingham keeps the power on

Russelectric’s switchbox parts receiving polyester powder coa ng at its facility at 99 Industrial Park
Road in Hingham. The Company, founded in 1955, specializes in developing power‐control systems.


By Zane Razzaq
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at 12:24 PM
Updated Nov 24, 2017 at 7:46 PM

The Hingham factory is present anywhere even 15 seconds of no power can be disastrous – places like hospitals and airports, casinos and insurance agencies.

HINGHAM — With a cloud of smoke, a Hingham factory roared to life. Workers assembled bits and pieces for power control systems. Others welded metal parts from behind protective glasses. Heat rose as the parts were sprayed with an electrostatic polyester powder and baked at 470 degrees.

Nestled in a quiet part of town off Route 3, Russelectric Inc. has been creating a crucial but invisible bit of technology.

“We’re in the business of ‘it just can’t fail,’” said John Stark, the marketing services coordinator. “Nobody thinks about power until they don’t have it.”

The 62-year-old family-owned company custom designs and builds low -and medium-voltage power control systems and automatic transfer switches to ensure that critical facilities keep power during surges, spikes, blackouts, or other power quality problems.

Dorian E. Alexandrescu is President
and Chief Execu ve Officer of Russelectric.

Russelectric’s equipment is present anywhere even 15 seconds of no power can be disastrous – places like hospitals and airports, casinos and insurance agencies. South Shore Hospital, Logan International Airport, and Foxwoods Casinos are among the customers.

The list stretches beyond Massachusetts, with major players such as the NASA, Bank of America, and Caterpillar, Inc. relying on the local company and its products.

“Look at any Fortune 100 company – they’re going to have our equipment,” said Dorian Alexandrescu, Russelectric’s president and CEO.

The company was founded by Raymond G. Russell in 1955. The Scituate native was a veteran of the United States Navy who served during World War II. Because on-site emergency power was nonexistent in the late 1950s, the Navy usually responded to power outages. If a facility needed power, Russell would arrive with a generator on a trailer as part of his service.

The Northeast Blackout of 1965 changed Russell’s career path. On Tuesday, Nov. 9 of that year a major disruption in supply of electricity left over 35 million people without electricity for up to 13 hours. Much of Massachusetts was in the dark, along with Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Braintree, with its own electric utility, was one of the few places where the lights stayed on. It remains one of the largest electricity outages in U.S. history. Most hospitals, airports, and other spaces did not have emergency backup power sources prior to 1965. Suddenly, backup power for critical facilities became a high priority.

John Stark, marketing Services Coordinator, with one of the company’s transfer switches.

“It basically convinced him to get out of the portable-generator business and into building transfer switches,” said Stark.

The company is now unveiling its new micro-grid innovation test center in Hingham. The micro-grid includes an emergency diesel back-up generator, a rooftop solar system, and an energy storage system.

The innovation center also acts as a hands-on demonstration area, allowing industry participants to get firsthand idea of what a micro-grid is and how it works.

Alexandrescu said that the new micro-grid can be used to simulate taking the solar system online or offline, transferring between power sources, and other testing high-stress situations.

“It looks like you’re playing a video game almost,” said Alexandrescu.

Kevin Morrissey and Ed Malley of Russelectric Inc. in Hingham demonstrate a screen for the monitoring of an
electrical grid.

Close-up for the monitoring of a microgrid








Stephen Pike, the CEO of Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, called it “a tremendous story.”

“The thing that’s unique about it is that most micro-grids are designed to sit there and be in the background,” said Tim Kelley, the Director of Renewable & Storage Solutions. “Ours is designed to be played with.”

To Pike’s knowledge, Russelectric is one of the only private companies that is demonstrating an entire micro-grid.  “A lot of companies may have micro-grids but you can’t take it for a test drive,” said Alexandrescu.

John Stark, Marketing Services Coordinator, displays the insides of an automatic transfer switch.

Assembly of power control systems takes place at Russelectric, Inc.









The company makes a special effort to hire veterans with 17 percent of its employees having served in the military. Like serving in the military, being a field engineer for the company demands being on call 24 hours a day and being away from family for weeks at a time.

“Once you get the mindset of serving, that tends to carry with you,” said Alexandrescu on why the company seeks out veterans.

Even as the company is present at most critical facilities around the country, keeping power flowing seamlessly, Stark said that most South Shore don’t realize it is being created in their backyards.

“The average Hingham resident has no idea all this is here,” said Stark.

Russelectric Commissions Distributed Energy & Microgrid Innovation Center


Hingham, MA – October 19, 2017 – Russelectric, Inc. announced today the opening of its new Russelectric Innovation Center (RIC) at its Hingham, MA headquarters. The RIC is both a microgrid supporting the company’s 120,000 sq ft manufacturing facility as well as a hands-on demonstration area for the company’s solution set innovation.  The RIC’s microgrid includes grid power from Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant, an emergency diesel back-up generator, a 200 kW AC rooftop solar PV system, a 69 kW AC / 137kWhr Li-ion energy storage system, and the company’s Russelectric Distributed Energy Controller (RDECTM) which manages the system.

In normal operation, the microgrid supports the company’s Massachusetts facility with back-up power and peak shaving capabilities. In test mode, the microgrid is switched to serve onsite load banks that simulate customer demand to test equipment performance in normal, high-stress, and failure scenarios.

The RIC includes a hands-on, interactive Demonstration Room with full data visualization and control capabilities, live controls and switchgear.

“Facility energy managers today have unprecedented onsite power generation and load control options: backup diesel generation, fuel cells, combined heat and power, solar PV, storage, UPS, and more. Getting these options to work together, both during normal operations and in emergencies, requires robust power control solutions.”, said Ed Malley, VP of Technology and Innovation at Russelectric. “Most roof-top PV systems, for example, are designed to shut-down when the grid goes off-line. Our rooftop PV system is designed to remain on and to power our facility in off-grid, island mode.”

“Innovation is happening all across Massachusetts and we’re proud to celebrate with Russelectric today,” said Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Stephen Pike. “The development of this test center, which can analyze real-time scenarios and monitor performance data, will help drive technology breakthroughs and provide a hub for microgrid innovation.”

“Russelectric has been a leader in mission-critical, made in the USA, power control systems for commercial, industrial, and utility customers for more than 60 years. This system and test center serve as a clean energy innovation hub for the state of Massachusetts and is positioned to help companies around the country achieve their financial, continuity, and sustainability energy objectives.”, said company President and CEO Dorian Alexandrescu.

About Russelectric

Russelectric, founded in 1955 in Massachusetts, is the leading provider of high quality distributed energy and microgrid control systems for the mission-critical facility market. Russelectric’s Distributed Energy Controllers (RDECTM) provide the physical controls and data systems to optimize a facility’s onsite generation and demand, helping customers achieve their continuity, sustainability, and cost reduction objectives. Tens of thousands of RDEC systems have been installed across the US, serving leading mission critical commercial, industrial, educational, and government clients. Russelectric’s equipment is made in the USA at its Hingham MA headquarters and another facility in Broken Arrow, OK, is backed by the longest warranty in the industry, and is serviced by a national network of factory trained engineers.

Non-Automatic Transfer Switches- RTS Series


Russelectric RTS Series non-automatic transfer switches are ideal for applications in which immediate restoration of service (after loss of the normal source) is not critical, and local operations personnel are available to initiate transfer. These switches are UL-listed double-throw devices with identical withstand ratings and design characteristics to RTS Series automatic transfer switches.

Since these non-automatic switches are identical in design to Russelectric RTS Series automatic transfer switches and are of the same exceptional quality, users can be con dent that they are time- tested, reliable, and safe.

Operations personnel can initiate a source transfer locally using electrically operated push-buttons or a mechanical external manual operator, or remotely (optional).

All non-automatic switches can be easily converted to fully automatic operation with the addition of a control panel and minor wiring changes. This ensures flexibility for future expansion and system redesign.

Tested, Listed, and Labeled by UL under UL-1008

Before Underwriters’ Laboratories, Inc. will allow a transfer switch to be listed with a short circuit rating, it requires that the switch be able to close in on the same amount of fault current as it can withstand. All Russelectric RTS Series transfer switches have been fully tested, listed, and labeled for 30-cycle and 3-cycle closing and withstand ratings under UL-1008.

In applications where extremely high short circuit current is available, fuse protection is mandatory. When coordinated with current limiting fuses, Russelectric RTS Series transfer switches have UL-listed closing and withstand ratings of 200,000 A.

Download Brochure, HERE.

Bypass/Isolation Switches- RTS-30 Series


Russelectric RTS-30 Series automatic transfer switches are the most complete line of 480 VAC 30-cycle and 3-cycle UL tested switches available today.

Tested, Listed, and Labeled by UL Under UL-1008

Before Underwriters’ Laboratories, Inc. will allow a transfer switch to be listed with a short circuit rating, it requires that the switch be able to close in on the same amount of fault current as it can withstand. All Russelectric RTS-30 Series automatic transfer switches have been fully tested, listed, and labeled for 30-cycle and 3-cycle closing and withstand ratings under UL-1008.

Built Rugged for Long Life, Minimum Maintenance, and Trouble-Free Service

Russelectric builds all its transfer switches for years of reliable, trouble- free operation with a minimum of maintenance. In fact, many Russelectric switches have been in continuous service for over 40 years.

Contact assemblies are designed to handle the rigors of 30-cycle closing and withstand performance and offer exceptional arc- and track-resistance. Segmented contacts are, machined (not cast, forged, or stamped) from solid copper. Main contact pad material is designed to prevent overheating, and stationary contact pad material prevents welding during withstand conditions. Brush movement of main contacts cleans contact pads with every operation.

All mechanical assemblies, linkages, and connecting rods are purpose-built and precision-machined in-house. Linkages are heavy-duty anodized steel rods (machined, not stamped or riveted) with aircraft-style ball joint fittings.

Bus bar is solid copper, silver plated in accordance with UL and ANSI standards. All bus is formed, cut, and punched before being plated to guarantee the integrity of the silver plating and ensure maximum performance.

Enclosures are fabricated with code gauge steel to meet UL and other applicable standards. All enclosures feature arc-welded seams, extra bracing, and smooth, ground corners. Switches are seismic tested to International Building Code requirements for earthquake compliance.

All transfer switches are thoroughly inspected both mechanically and electrically under simulated operating conditions before shipment.

In applications where extremely high short circuit current is available, fuse protection is mandatory. When coordinated with current limiting fuses, Russelectric RTS-30 Series transfer switches have UL listed closing and withstand ratings of 200,000 amperes.

To download the complete Brochure, please click HERE.