Smart Wires Announces Expansion with New R&D Facility to Support Growth

Smart Wires, a leading provider of advanced power flow control technology, today announces the relocation to a new R&D space to accommodate their rapid growth and future expansion plans.  The new R&D and Operations center located at ­3292 Whipple Road in Union City, Calif will provide capacity for increased customer support, engineering, product testing, research and development.

“The new significantly larger space has allowed us to expand our team and our testing facilities to accommodate our latest developments and host product briefings for our customers.” said Haroon Inam, CTO for Smart Wires. “Our team is excited about the growth we are experiencing and this move represents a commitment to continue to build on the success our team has accomplished.”

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Smart Wires’ CTO, Haroon Inam, with the company’s newest product The SmartValve™

Smart Wires has more than 60 R&D personnel which includes a staff of internal engineers, full-time and part-time consultants, four IEEE Fellows, and a total of more than 20 PhDs.  This talent covers 23 major disciplines ranging from materials sciences, power semiconductors, power electronics, high-reliability embedded systems, thermals-and-packaging engineering, structural and civil engineering, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, distributed and centralized control systems, power systems and energy management systems.  In addition, Smart Wires has significant on-shore and off-shore manufacturing engineering and development talent for high-reliability embedded systems firmware as well as enterprise software.

The SmartValve installed on a line in Kinnegad, Ireland

 

The SmartValve™

Smart Wires’ CTO, Haroon Inam, with the company’s newest product The SmartValve™ “Our priority is developing innovative products and invaluable solutions for our customers. Currently we are focusing on the commercialization of our newest, game-changing technology, the SmartValve.  Early indicators from our client base about this latest product, a static synchronous series compensator, are very promising. This commercial momentum helped us attract and retain top technical talent in the industry and is what precipitated the decision to move to a larger space where we could attract and retain superstars to develop the technology,” explained Mr. Inam.

The SmartValve leverages proven PowerLine Guardian® technology and builds upon the success of its predecessor by integrating revolutionary power electronics that enable it to increase or decrease transmission line reactance.  Designed to be more powerful than the PowerLine Guardian, the SmartValve is also heavier and is thus typically installed on existing transmission towers or in banks within or near the transmission right-of-way.  Like the PowerLine Guardian, the SmartValve is designed for modular deployment and shares the benefits of this approach to infrastructure investments.  With its ability to synthesize a highly tunable capacitance or inductance, the SmartValve can address an even greater set of network challenges and offers electric utilities another degree of freedom.