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.

UL Tested, Listed, and Labeled Medium-Voltage Automatic Transfer Switches

Russelectric was the industry leader in obtaining UL listing for its medium- voltage transfer switchgear. All Russelectric RTS Series circuit breaker automatic transfer switches have been fully UL tested, listed, and labeled under UL 1008 A. In addition, all Russelectric medium-voltage transfer switchgear (operating above 600 volts and below 15 kV) is listed per UL category “Circuit Breakers and Metal-Clad Switchgear – Over 600 Volts (DLAH)”. It is also designed, manufactured, and tested to meet or exceed stringent IEEE, NEMA, and ANSI standards.

Russelectric RTS Series medium- voltage ATSs are rugged, high-speed switching devices designed to transfer electrical loads from a normal power source to an emergency power source upon reduction or loss of voltage and to retransfer loads when normal power is restored.

Supervised by the advanced RPTCS microprocessor control, Russelectric Medium-Voltage Circuit Breaker Automatic Transfer Switches direct the flow of electric power through the carefully timed opening/closing of circuit breakers.

Designed, for Maximum Safety and Operating Simplicity

Switches are designed to provide maximum protection for operators and maintenance personnel and to minimize the danger of operator error. Drawout modules, metal-clad construction, segregation of controls from power elements, and separately accessible grounded compartments are all part of Russelectric’s design safety philosophy.

All switches are designed for unattended automatic operation, but include controls for manual operation. Designs provide accessibility for maintenance, trouble- shooting, and component replacement.

All switches are factory tested for functionality prior to shipment. Interconnect wiring diagrams enable proper interfacing of switches with the prime mover and other equipment.

 

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Switchgear Simulators

  • Highly sophisticated tools that are custom-built to replicate the on-site system automation and graphics
  • Invaluable tools for training operators how to respond in a safe manner to various failure scenarios including; utility source, engine generator, and circuit breaker failures as well as other potentially damaging system events“The Russelectric simulator is a complete game-changer. Within the first five minutes of using the simulator it became clear that it must become the basis for training as well as a mandatory step in the development of Methods of Procedures for taking any action at our critical facilities. The simulator revealed a potential business – disrupting fault in our operations at a major data center before we even brought it home from Russelectric. It is our new standard.”Project Engineer, Major Telecom

    Operating Real Equipment vs. Training with a Simulator

    Since site engineers seldom get the opportunity to operate equipment under live load, training typically consists of reviewing manuals. Russelectric Switchgear Simulators let engineers practice operating virtual equipment, giving them the confidence they need to operate real equipment properly when the time comes.

    Develop/Validate Site Operating and Emergency Procedures

  • Simulators allow engineers to pretest new Method of Procedure documents, and practice responding to failures
  • By allowing personnel to run an almost limitless number of failure scenarios, Russelectric Training Simulators are also a powerful tool for developing and validating site operating and emergency procedures without interfering with the operation of the actual system
  • Facilitates Future Switchgear Upgrades by Validating Modified PLC Logic Offline
  • Whenever the switchgear is upgraded, the simulator can be used to thoroughly test the modified PLC and operator interface panel (OIP) logic before downloading it to the online PLC system, dramatically reducing live system testing time
  • Reduce wear on generators and circuit breakers
  • Conserve diesel fuel and reduce pollution by limiting engine runtime

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

High-Performance Design

Russelectric automatic transfer switches are modern, high-speed switching devices designed to transfer electrical loads from a preferred power source to an alternate power source when voltage and/or frequency varies from preset limits, and to retransfer loads when preferred source is restored.

Russelectric RTS-30 Series automatic transfer switches utilize simple electrical operators to provide high-speed quick- break, quick-make, preloaded transfers. The operators are connected to the switch mechanism by precision self- aligning, ball joints and sturdy linkage rods which prevent misalignment.

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.

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Enhance Performance, Extend Life, Increase Capabilities

Upgrade existing critical power equipment to increase reliability, operational control, and ease of maintenance. It is a more cost-effective alternative to replacing equipment.

  • Improve performance and enhance capabilities
  • Bring your systems up to the latest technology
  • Extend the life of your mission critical equipment
  • Reduce maintenance and increase serviceability
  • Performed by Russelectric Field Engineers
  • All work backed by Russelectric warranty
  • A fraction of the time and cost of replacing equipmentwith minimal downtime

    Preventive Maintenance

    Start with a Russelectric audit of your critical power system.

  • Assess overall equipment condition
  • Identify areas of risk including equipment and maintenance
  • Identify opportunities for performance, safety, and / or communications upgrades
  • Recommend upgrades and options to enhance system capabilities
  • Suggest maintenance best practices
  • Detail all concerns and recommendationsATS Control Upgrades

    Replace automatic transfer switch/bypass isolation switch control systems in one day during a scheduled shutdown.

  • Improve switch operating accuracy and functionality
  • Update control, monitoring, andcommunication protocols
  • Eliminate concerns about the availability oflegacy components

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For most businesses, a loss of power is merely an inconvenience. But, for some businesses, survival depends on power. For these businesses, a loss of power would be disastrous, resulting in loss of life or a loss of property, data, or income so great that it could jeopardize the business’s very survival.

These businesses go to staggering lengths to ensure 100% uptime, designing and building mission- critical facilities to protect sensitive computer and telecommunications equipment from surges, spikes, brownouts, or other power quality problems that could corrupt data or destroy sensitive electronics.

It is for mission-critical facilities such as these that Russelectric builds the highest quality, most dependable emergency and standby power control systems.

So, if your business could easily weather a loss of power, any power control system will do. But, if your business is such that a loss of power would be devastating, don’t settle for less than the best power control systems available anywhere… Russelectric, Power Control People You Can Rely On.

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Russelectric® RTS-30 Series Transfer Switches are UL labeled and listed for 30-cycle closing and withstand ratings based on testing per UL Standard 1008.  These switches dramatically simplify selective coordination of overcurrent/short circuit devices in emergency and backup power systems for healthcare and other mission critical facilities.

Capable of closing in on and withstanding 30 cycles of fault current, Russelectric RTS-30 Series Transfer Switches have the withstand capacity to allow downstream 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.  RTS-30 & RTS-3 Series switches are available in single -and dual-operator versions in ratings from 100 to 4000 amps for either open -or closed-transition switching. 30 and 3-cycle-rated (RTS-30 & RTS-03) Series Bypass/Isolation Switches are also available in load-break bypass and no load-break bypass versions.  No other manufacturer offers such a comprehensive range of 30 and 3-cycle-rated switches.

Russelectric RTS Series switches come equipped with the new RPTCS — the industry’s most powerful, most versatile microprocessor-based transfer control system.

Standby Power System at Florida VA Hospital Covers All Electrical Loads

Few if any hospitals have a better power system than the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida, thanks to its recently renovated power plant.  Completed at a cost of $47 million, it includes SCADA and a backup system capable of covering all electrical loads for 120 hours (without refueling) in the event of an outage.

A teaching hospital affiliated with the adjacent University of South Florida College of Medicine, Haley Hospital provides a full range of patient services with state-of-the-art technology and research.  It has 548 beds, plus another 118 beds in an on-site long-term care and rehabilitation facility — the Haley’s Cove Community Living Center.  The busiest of four U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) polytrauma facilities in the nation, Haley serves a four-county area in which it also runs four outpatient clinics.

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the VA called for bids to upgrade emergency/backup power systems at VA hospitals in hurricane zones — upgrades that could ensure continuous air conditioning, not just the operation of life-safety and other critical equipment.

For Haley Hospital, the winning bid for power control switchgear, transfer switches, and SCADA was from Russelectric®, based in Hingham, Massachusetts.  Russelectric® designs, builds, commissions, and services on-site power control systems for hospitals, data centers, Internet service providers, airports, and other mission-critical facilities.  Systems can provide sophisticated control functions such as emergency/standby power, peak shaving, load curtailment, utility paralleling, cogeneration, and prime power.  All Russelectric® systems are supported by the company’s factory-direct, 24-hour field service.

Extra Layer of Confidence

The hospital’s administration is pleased with the new power system, which provides many more capabilities than the previous system.  Although there has not been an unexpected utility outage since the system became fully operational in May 2010, Byron Taylor, the hospital’s Lead Power Plant Operator, appreciates the extra layer of confidence.  At Taylor’s side to oversee the system, as they were throughout the planning and installation process, are Engine Technician Kyle Graley and Electrical Shop Supervisor Bill Hagen.

“We’ve had some storms come through, and it has been really nice because we do not have to worry,” says Taylor.  “One time, we saw the storms coming and TECO [Tampa Electric Company] asked us to drop off the grid.  We fired up our generators, and we operated on our own power for 17 hours, while TECO concentrated on restoring power to its residential customers.  That sort of thing has happened several other times for shorter periods, and there has never been a problem.”

Hagen particularly appreciates the quality of the power from the backup system.  “We get more blips from TECO than we do from our system,” he quips.  “It is exceptionally smooth.”

The hospital’s former backup power system included nine on-site generators, yet it could only cover life-safety loads — 45% of the hospital’s total load — in the event of a utility outage.  Hagen has no fond memories for the old system, which he calls “a major headache,” least of all for the system’s dynamic matrix control.  “We had nothing but problems with it,” he recalls.  “We never got it to work in parallel.  It couldn’t even generate a monthly testing report.”

In contrast, the new backup system covers everything — every load for nine buildings, 15 trailers that make up an on-campus clinic, and a parking garage — with just seven new 13,200-VAC Caterpillar diesel generators.  Supplied by Ring Power, the generators produce 2,200 kW each.

Another improvement is the hospital’s renovated fuel system.  The former system had a capacity of 22,000 gallons, and the storage tanks were spread out over several locations.  Today, a new tank farm has four 12,000-gallon tanks.  With another 6,000-gallon tank under each generator, the system has a capacity of 90,000 gallons.

Still more improvements are in the works.  As of now, Haley Hospital receives no rebates or preferred rates from Tampa Electric Company, and the agreement between the entities does not allow the hospital to feed power back to the grid.  But that agreement could change someday.  On the roof of a parking garage, the hospital will be installing photovoltaic cells expected to generate another 500 kW of power.  Newly installed solar panels in the adjacent parking lot near the long-term care facility (Haley’s Cove) will supplement that building’s utility feed by up to 500 kW, so the new cells will boost Haley’s photoelectric output to a total of 1 MW, enough to illuminate two parking lots.  Although feeds from the solar panels are lost when the hospital’s generators take over, under everyday conditions the new panels might provide surplus power that would enable the hospital to sell some power back to TECO.  A peak-shaving arrangement with the utility is also likely in the near future, according to Taylor.

The Power of Information

Also very important to the power control system upgrade is the new state-of-the-art Russelectric® SCADA system, which includes software and screen displays that Russelectric® customized for the hospital’s needs.  It provides interactive monitoring, real-time and historical trending, distributed networking, alarm management, and comprehensive reports around the clock for every detail of the entire power system, not just for the backup components.

In addition to monitoring power quality, the SCADA system’s many functions include continuous monitoring of fuel consumption by each generator and the level of fuel in every tank.  With Russelectric® SCADA, an operator can easily monitor and control a facility’s entire power system using full-color “point and click” interactive computer-screen displays at the system console.  For example, the operator can access and change the system’s PLC setpoints, display any of the analog or digital readouts on switchgear front panels, run a system test, or view the alarm history.  A dynamic one-line diagram display uses color to indicate the status of the entire power system, including the positions of all power switching devices.  Operating parameters are displayed and updated in real time; flashing lights on the switchgear annunciator panel also flash on the SCADA screen.  Event logging, alarm locking, and help screens are standard.

“The SCADA is so sensitive that it detects and explains even the slightest anomaly, including those in the utility feed,” says Taylor.  “A number of times we’ve called TECO because we saw something happening, and they had no idea they even had a problem yet!  The stuff the system does is phenomenal.  It gives us more data than we ever need for an average day, but it’s tremendous that we have it when we do need it.”

Freedom to Test the System

In accordance with state and federal regulations, the backup generators are tested every month.  Thanks to the new system’s capability for closed-transition transfer, the tests inconvenience no one.  Because there is no interference with hospital loads, there is no “blip” (power interruption).

The system gives Taylor and Graley the luxury of carrying out the tests in two different ways.  They can parallel the output of all seven generators to the utility feed, or they can test one generator at a time, up to its full output, by way of a special 2-MW load bank that has an independent control panel.  Testing can be initiated manually or through SCADA.

“It’s so much easier now,” says Hagen.  “We’ll never again have to pay a testing firm to come out and test an engine to make sure it meets all the requirements.”

Unlike most hospitals, Haley has the luxury of four utility feeds.  On a normal day, it draws from two of these (primary) feeds.  This means that, except for testing, Haley does not have to start its generators until it loses three or more utility feeds.
With advance notice from the utility that an outage is likely, Haley’s power plant personnel can now parallel the utility feeds with their own generators, then switch to on-site power seamlessly (closed-transition transfer).  But if there is an unexpected outage (and when the automatic transfer switches are tested), there will be a “blip” of 1 to 10 seconds, depending on the load.  For life-safety and other critical loads, the “blip” is only 1 to 3 seconds.  “Blips” for other loads are adjustable; most are set for 8-10 seconds.

Technical Support

Taylor and Hagen have high praise for Russelectric®’s field support services.  They recall working hand-in-hand with Jim Bourgoin, Russelectric®’s local Field Service Engineer, for seven months.

“During installation, Jim helped the contractors interpret the design whenever they were puzzled,” Hagen says.  “Afterwards, he stuck around to help us get things up and running.  It took a lot just to understand everything this system can do.  I already had a background in this, but it took quite a bit of training to really get up to speed.”

Taylor recalls, “There has not been one time when I have called Jim for an alarm or with questions about the system — whether at midnight or later — that he didn’t answer the phone and help me.  And on two occasions, he drove here at 3 or 4 in the morning to correct something that had gone wrong.  But it’s not just his responsiveness that’s impressed us.  The service he provides is exceptional, and it has been that way since day one.  To me, that’s worth just as much as the system itself.”

Taylor adds that Tom Crider, the local Russelectric® sales representative, was also deeply involved throughout the project, answering questions, facilitating the installation, and training Taylor’s staff.  Recently, with Taylor’s cooperation, Crider has led personnel from two other Tampa hospitals on tours of Haley’s power system.  One of those hospitals is installing a similar system.  The other is considering such an installation.

Onward and Upward

The fact that the system is designed to allow for modifications as the hospital continues to grow has Taylor thinking.  “With this new power system, we have seen what is possible,” he notes.  “It provides us with the information we need to analyze our power usage and consider new possibilities — opportunities we never would have considered before.”