GE Grid Automation and Systems Control, a GE customer, has signed a letter of intent to form a strategic relationship designed to provide utility and industrial customers in North America with a complete, modular packaged solution that can be “dropped in” to new or existing distribution electrical grid infrastructures. By purchasing this “dropped in” solution, customers no longer need to work with multiple vendors to build, engineer and integrate a new substation and control package—helping them to better control costs and make implementation easier.
“By working with GE Grid Automation—Multilin to offer their modular solutions, along with our own customized substation control houses, we can remove a layer of complexity for our customers,” said Al Bloniarz, senior vice president, Systems Control. “With this new Drop-in Protection & Control Packaged Solution, our customers will no longer need to coordinate the construction of their substation with multiple vendors. Instead, we will be able to deliver a fully functional, high-quality, factory-tested substation protection and control solution quickly.”
By using GE’s Packaged Solutions—a fully integrated, quickly deployable, modular set of solutions and services for the protection, control and automation of power systems applications—combined with Systems Control’s capability in drop-in control houses, engineering and integration services, customers will be able to order a complete substation protection and control package and have it pre-fabricated, delivered and ready to be installed at their site. By utilizing a packaged solution, customers can take advantage of cost-effective, repetitive solutions to optimize their designs and installations, as well as the associated need for operation and maintenance.
The GE and Systems Control Drop-in Protection & Control Packaged Solution for utility and industrial distribution applications will be available starting in the beginning of the second quarter 2013.