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Ambient & Consolidated Edison Launch New R&D Efforts Underground in Manhattan

Ambient Corporation will install its second-generation BPL equipment on the underground electric system of Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc.

Successful completion of the research and development demonstration would allow Con Edison to further evaluate on a larger scale Ambient’s BPL system for monitoring the underground distribution system.

Ambient’s BPL platform is designed to support many, if not all, of the sensoring, monitoring and control applications that Con Edison may deploy to enhance its distribution system. Some of the applications that can be supported by the Ambient BPL system include aggregation of meter reading, peak load reductions and demand side management, energy flow measurements, stray voltage detection, and partial discharge detection.

The demonstration of Ambient’s partial discharge detection application, in particular, may be a key component in proactively detecting impending failures in cables or other distribution system components.

Ram Rao, Ambient’s chief technology officer stated, “We are pleased to be working with our long-time partner Con Edison on this R & D project. Con Edison has stated their commitment to enhance their grid, and we anticipate that the Ambient BPL system will be a key part of the solution that Con Edison is developing to achieve their planned improvements. The Ambient BPL platform has been developed to enable exactly these types of applications and solutions.”

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