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.

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 appoints Randall Adleman as new Vice President of Commercial Operations

Russelectric® Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Randall J. Adleman as Vice President of Commercial Operations reporting to Dorian Alexandrescu, President and CEO. In this role, Randy will be responsible for commercial operations for Russelectric, as well as all selling activities including sales, marketing, application engineering, and quotations.

Experience & Leadership

Randy has always led with an impressive results-oriented, winning approach. A creative, growth-driven leader with a unique mix of sales and marketing skills, Randy combines a deep knowledge of the power quality, distribution, and controls market.

Skilled at developing and continuously improving sales and marketing organizations, he brings a proven track record of high performance, integrity, and versatility in fast-paced, complex organizations such as Emerson Electric, Invensys/Powerware, Ingersoll-Rand, and Valence Technology.

Prior to joining Russelectric, Randy was Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Active Power, in Austin, TX, a manufacturer of flywheel-based Uninterruptible Power Systems for mission critical applications.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Randy will take over for John Meuleman, who will be retiring after 41 years with Russelectric.

Russelectric appoints Dorian Alexandrescu as President and CEO

John Russell, Chairman of the Board of Russelectric® Inc., recently announced the appointment of Dorian Alexandrescu as the company’s new President and CEO.

Experience

Mr. Alexandrescu has over 20 years of extensive management experience across industry segments. These range from electrical equipment, energy management, and clean energy to automotive to industrial automation, packaging, and consumer goods.  Most recently, he served as President and CEO of RESA Power Solutions, a market leader in life extension products and services for electric power transmission, distribution, and circuit protection equipment.  Prior to that, he was Vice President and General Manager of Eaton Corporation/Power Distribution Operations’ Latin America and Caribbean Division.

Alexandrescu has an International Baccalaureate in Electromechanical Engineering, the equivalent of an MS in Theoretical Physics and Technology Applications from the University of Bucharest, and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program of Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck Business School.

He takes over for George Whittaker, who is retiring after 48 years of service.  Whittaker succeeded Raymond G. Russell, Russelectric’s founder and owner.

Chairman John Russell commented, “We want to thank George for his wise stewardship.  We also want to welcome Dorian, who is committed to running and growing the company in the spirit my father — independently-owned, innovative, and uncompromising on quality.”

 

Founded in 1955, Russelectric Inc. designs and manufactures integrated emergency and standby power control systems for mission critical facilities.  Manufactured at facilities in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the company’s sophisticated power control systems, transfer switches, and bypass/isolation switches are widely used in advanced data centers, banks, hospitals, and other vital installations.

FULL LINE OF UL TESTED, LISTED, AND LABELED 30-CYCLE RATED BYPASS/ISOLATION SWITCHES

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Russelectric® RTS-30 Series Bypass/Isolation Switches are UL labeled and listed for 30-cycle closing and withstand ratings based on testing per UL Standard 1008.  Available in continuous current ratings from 100 to 3000 amps, these switches dramatically simplify the selective coordination of overcurrent devices in backup power systems for healthcare and other mission-critical facilities.

The 30-cycle rating of Russelectric RTS-30 Series Bypass/Isolation Switches allows downstream overcurrent protective devices to clear a fault before upstream devices.  Consequently, they greatly simplify the engineering task of selective coordination mandated by the National Electrical Code for emergency and legally required standby systems.  No other manufacturer offers such a comprehensive range of 30-cycle & 3-cycle-rated bypass/isolation switches.  All RTS Series switches come equipped with the new RPTCS — the industry’s most powerful, most versatile microprocessor-based transfer control system.

Russelectric RTS-30 & RTS-03 Series Bypass/Isolation Switches combine an automatic transfer switch with a manual bypass/isolation switch that allows the transfer switch to be isolated for inspection, maintenance, repair, or testing. The bypass/isolation switch is designed to also function as a manually operated backup transfer switch when the unit’s automatic transfer switch (ATS) is disabled or de-energized.  With the bypass/isolation switch above the ATS, Russelectric’s vertical space-saving design reduces the unit’s footprint.  Feeder connections are housed in a third compartment accessible through a rear panel or door, and the compartments are separated by barriers to protect personnel.  The ATS is on casters so that, once it has been bypassed and isolated, it can be rolled out of the enclosure safely and easily.

RTS-30 & RTS-03 Series Bypass/Isolation Switches are available in versions for open-transition (with Russelectric’s proven break-before-make operation) and closed-transition transfer as well as load-break and no-load-break bypass.  In fact, Russelectric is the only manufacturer to offer both load-break and no-load-break bypass switches.  Open-transition versions are available with single or dual operators.  They are also available with an external manual operator which allows manual operation of the switch with the door fully closed for greater arc flash protection.

POWER CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR ON-SITE POWER GENERATORS

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Russelectric® custom designs and manufactures power control and synchronizing switchgear systems in low and medium voltage ratings for single- and multi-unit on-site power generators.  In addition to emergency power, system designs may include a variety of sophisticated control functions such as peak shaving, load curtailment, and utility paralleling for both open transition transfer and live-source closed transition transfer.  Closed transition transfer allows retransfer and system testing without disturbing the load.  Prime power/cogeneration systems are also available.

Systems include PLC controls for automatic prime mover starting and stopping, prime mover status and alarm annunciation, synchronizing, and priority load control.  Other features, such as load demand control for fuel management, are available.  Systems include sensors to monitor volts, amps, watts, frequency, and other pertinent electrical power data of individual generator sets and the overall system.  Controls can be furnished for any type of prime mover, including diesel engines and gas, steam, or hydro turbines.  Custom system integrating SCADA and simulation are also available as options. 

All systems are UL listed and are designed and built in accordance with ANSI, IEEE, and NEMA standards.

BACKUP POWER FOR SECURITY SYSTEMS

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Because reliable electric power is required for proper operation of security equipment, the threat of terrorism makes any facility vulnerable to a loss of power. Russelectric® power control systems provide the emergency/backup power needed to keep critical security equipment up and running in the event of a loss of utility feed.

With the threat of terrorism, security systems and equipment such as specialized sensors and alarms (smoke, fire, heat, motion, pressure, contaminant, etc.); optical scanners for identification (badge, iris, or fingerprint readers, etc.); video surveillance systems; emergency lockdown systems; fire-suppression and sprinkler systems; explosion-suppression systems; and ventilation systems that automatically isolate contaminated areas have become commonplace. Without an emergency/backup system, the loss of utility feed for even a short time could render such equipment useless and compromise the security of a site. Russelectric® custom designs and manufactures low- and medium-voltage on-site backup power systems with single or multiple generators. These systems will automatically pick up critical loads if normal power is lost, to keep security equipment on line and help ensure site security.

To ensure a continuous flow of power, Russelectric® PLC controls automatically start and stop prime movers, annunciate prime-mover status and alarms, and control priority loads. Systems also include synchronizing switchgear and sensors to monitor pertinent data from generator sets and the overall system. Optional control capabilities include load demand (for fuel management) and integrated SCADA and simulation. Russelectric® furnishes controls for any type of prime mover, including diesel engines and gas, steam, or hydro turbines.

In addition to emergency power, system designs may include a variety of sophisticated control functions such as cogeneration, peak shaving, load curtailment, and utility paralleling for both open-transition transfer and live-source, closed-transition transfer. Closed-transition transfer allows retransfer and system testing without disturbing the load.

All Russelectric® systems are UL listed and are designed and built in accordance with ANSI, IEEE, and NEMA standards.