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Marie Hayden Announced as Smart Wires new Vice President of European Business Development

Marie Hayden Announced as Smart Wires new Vice President of European Business Development

April 19, 2018

Smart Wires is pleased to announce Marie Hayden as our new Vice President of European Business Development to further grow our business. Marie joins us from EirGrid and brings with her extensive experience in the transmission system operations and planning, most recently as the Manager of Scenario Planning.

She is very well-known in the CIGRE community and is a currently a member of the Administrative Council. “I’m incredibly excited to be part of the Smart Wires family and to work with this highly innovative company. Smart Wires technology is truly transformative and will change how system operators manage congestion on their networks. Our technology is a true enabler to achieving European energy policy goals, and I am very happy to be part of that story,” says Marie.

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Western Power and Smart Wires trial first power flow control project in Western Australia

Western Power and Smart Wires trial first power flow control project in Western Australia

April 5, 2018

We are delighted to announce the first trial installation of Smart Wires technology on the Western Power transmission system. In December 2017, Western Power crews successfully installed PowerLine Guardian® devices on the Mandurah-Pinjarra 132kV transmission line, marking the second installation of Smart Wires devices in Australia.

PowerLine Guardian® devices, belonging to Smart Wires’ Guardian family of products, can be dispatched in real time to act as “valves” on a transmission line, “pushing” power to underutilised paths in the network by injecting inductive reactance. These devices can be rapidly deployed and also be easily relocated elsewhere in the network should system needs change. This allows for scalable and flexible solutions that reduce the risk associated with making investments amidst change and uncertainty.

With Smart Wires we foresee the potential to optimise the use of our existing infrastructure by making our network more dynamic, to redirect electricity quickly with the aim to meet our customers’ needs in a reliable and efficient way.

Sean Mc Goldrick

Executive Manager for Asset Management - Western Power

“With Smart Wires we foresee the potential to optimise the use of our existing infrastructure by making our network more dynamic, to redirect electricity quickly with the aim to meet our customers’ needs in a reliable and efficient way,” said Sean Mc Goldrick, Western Power’s Executive Manager for Asset Management.

Smart Wires solutions have the potential to enhance the value of Western Power’s electric service by enabling increased integration of renewable resources whilst simultaneously minimizing the need for costly transmission upgrades.  Western Power and Smart Wires are studying these opportunities in parallel with the innovation project on the Mandurah-Pinjarra line.

“Western Power is seeing considerable change on its network, driven primarily by the growth of renewable energies in Western Australia.  Smart Wires is proud to be collaborating with the team at Western Power to consider opportunities for modular power flow control as a possible network strategy going forward,” commented Yves Meyer, Smart Wires Vice President for International Business Development.

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Smart Wires hosts Australia’s treasurer Hon. Scott Morrison MP for tour

Smart Wires receives Clean Tech award at the 2018 East Bay Innovation Awards

Smart Wires receives Clean Tech award at the 2018 East Bay Innovation Awards

March 29, 2018

Smart Wires is proud to accept the 2018 East Bay Innovation Award for Clean Tech! Paul Phillipsen, Sr. Vice President of Design Commercialization, was in attendance to accept the award. Over 100 East Bay companies and organizations were nominated across Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The Clean Tech category included products, services and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduce the use of natural resources, and cut or eliminate emissions and wastes.

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Smart Wires named one of the 50 fastest growing companies by the Silicon Review

Smart Wires hosts Australia’s Treasurer, Hon. Scott Morrison MP for tour

Smart Wires hosts Australia’s Treasurer, Hon. Scott Morrison MP for tour

February 2, 2018

Smart Wires was delighted to host Australia’s Treasurer, Hon. Scott Morrison MP, in California for a tour of our R&D center and a discussion around how network businesses can use modular power flow control technology to lower customer electricity bills.  By optimizing the utilization of existing transmission lines, modular power flow control allows utilities to prioritize capital investments and to enable market access for low cost generation resources.  In 2017 TransGrid became the first Australian utility to install a Smart Wires solution (more information on that project here) and Smart Wires is now working with TransGrid and the other network business to deploy further projects across Australia.

The Honourable Scott Morrison MP, Treasurer of Australia, tours Smart Wires facilities

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Western Power and Smart Wires trial first power flow control project in Western Australia

Smart Wires’ Millennium Milestone

In mid-November, Smart Wires passed a noteworthy milestone: 1,000 device-years1 of field run-time. Deployments are spread across three continents – Europe, Australia and North America – and include a variety of devices across GuardianTM and SmartValveTM product families. After receiving Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) grant funding in 2011, Smart Wires moved from […]

TransGrid and Smart Wires trialling real time power flow control and monitoring on NSW transmission network

TransGrid and Smart Wires trialling real time power flow control and monitoring on NSW transmission network

September 12, 2017

TransGrid and Smart Wires have finalised a partnership to deploy advanced power flow control solutions on the New South Wales transmission grid. TransGrid crews finalised an installation of the Smart Wires PowerLine Guardian on the 132 kV system near Yass, in southern New South Wales. This installation marks the first deployment of Smart Wires technology in Australia.

“We see considerable potential to use innovative technology across our system as we manage the changing generation portfolio in Australia and optimally integrate large quantities of renewable resources,” said Gerard Reiter, TransGrid’s Executive General Manager of Asset Management. “We are always interested in finding new ways to maximise the use of the New South Wales transmission network, and we’re looking forward to working with Smart Wires in this trial.”
The PowerLine Guardian devices that have been installed as part of the trial belong to Smart Wires’ Guardian family of products. These devices can be dispatched in real time to act as “valves” on a transmission line, pushing power to underutilised paths in the network by injecting inductive reactance. While TransGrid’s units are mounted directly on the conductor, Smart Wires has also developed larger, more powerful Guardian devices that can be installed on structures or within bank arrays, in a substation for example. Together with Smart Wires’ SmartValve devices, which can push or pull power, this modular technology enables the operator to actively control the way power flows on the transmission system and allows increased utilization of existing grid infrastructure. The devices can be rapidly deployed on the system and can be easily relocated elsewhere in the network should system needs change.

With the first Smart Wires installation in Australia, TransGrid will be uniquely positioned to demonstrate the impact of Smart Wires solutions in a rapidly evolving market. “Australia is undergoing a massive energy transformation and one that is arguably faster than those seen in other developed markets such as the United States or Europe,” said Smart Wires Vice President of Asia Pacific, Yves Meyer. “TransGrid is actively reshaping its business as one of Australia’s leading TNSPs. We look forward to continuing to work with TransGrid to optimise its transmission system and deliver innovative solutions for its customers.”

TransGrid and Smart Wires are currently studying several opportunities to implement Smart Wires solutions elsewhere on the transmission network. “Modular power flow control has the potential to be an important part of our toolkit when it comes to transmission development. We’re excited to take part in this project and explore additional applications on our network,” said Andrew Kingsmill, TransGrid’s Manager of Network Planning.

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