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Prolec, Ubicquia Team on Intelligent Electric Transformer

Oct. 17, 2023
Units have begun shipping to North American utilities for field trials.

Infrastructure firm Prolec and utility equipment firm Ubicquia have combined efforts to design and market what they call a fully integrated smart transformer.

The new transformers deliver real-time monitoring and grid analytics. Units have begun shipping to North American utilities for field trials.

The companies collaborated to integrate Ubicquia’s UbiGrid distribution transformer monitoring (DTM+) platform into Prolec’s single-phase pad mount transformers across a wide range of sizes. The integration, testing and certification is performed in Prolec’s Monterrey, Mexico facility, a maker of distribution transformers.

The intelligent transformer provides real-time electrical and physical transformer health data along with advanced grid analytics deployed at scale. Ubicquia has delivered more than 30,000 units to monitor single-phase and three phase transformers to major utilities across the US and Latin America.

Commercial availability of the intelligent transformer is planned for 2024.

By integrating the UbiGrid DTM+ platform into its transformers, Prolec eliminates the need for utilities to retrofit units in the field and reduces the total cost for a smart transformer.

Use cases for the transformer include:

  • Predicting transformer outages to improve reliability;
  • Detecting and diagnosing issues with failed assets to optimize field resources and improve storm response;
  • Improving capacity planning, which has become more complex with the significant growth in electric vehicles, supply chain constraints, and distributed energy generation; and
  • Providing additional resilience for industrial and critical loads.

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