Engineering Minds

Delivering greater grid efficiencies & a greener planet

THE BEGINNING

A novel power flow control concept

2003: The Northeast Blackout and a wake-up call. 55 million people across eastern Canada and the United States in the dark, and a visionary team at Georgia Tech University see a need.

On the hunt for a solution, the prestigious power systems engineering program at Georgia Tech University developed a smart power flow control concept that became an early version of the first-generation PowerLine Guardian®. This new technology was ultimately acknowledged as a critical step forward in making grids more efficient.

A partnership of some of the largest and most-respected utilities converged around this idea and launched Smart Wires. They saw the concept’s potential for meeting a critical need – flexibility – given the rapid changes occurring on the grid.

Early prototype, circa 2003

On the hunt for a solution, the prestigious power systems engineering program at Georgia Tech University developed a smart power flow control concept.

The result an award-winning product that began to change how utilities thought about the need for flexibility on their grids, and served as the foundation upon which Smart Wires was built.

THE PRESENT

Innovations continue globally

With our SmartValve technology alongside our advanced analytics and consulting services, we are built to assist utilities solve problems and evolve the grid.

Leaders from ENTSO-E touring Smart Wires Headquarters

Two decades later, with a passion for continuous improvement, Smart Wires’ focus remains a relentless drive to develop technologies that deliver greater grid efficiencies and a greener planet.

Deep strategic partnerships with many of the world’s most respected utilities has allowed us to listen, learn and understand their most pressing challenges.

Utilities continue to wrestle with challenges far more difficult than those encountered in previous decades of grid operation – an unpredictable future, integrating more renewables, increasing flexibility and stability, and reducing constraints, costs, and environmental and community impact.

Pioneered by Haroon Inam and his global product team of 200 employees, our SmartValve™ technology revolutionizes our market offering with a transformerless device that offers 600 times the impact – at 5% of the cost – compared with the first-generation product.

With this solution alongside our advanced analytics and consulting services, we are built to assist utilities solve their most challenging problems and transition to a digitally controlled grid. This is our purpose and reason for being.