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Electrotek Announces Need for Principal Software Engineer or Senior Software Engineer with ASP.NET MVC Experience

Electrotek Concepts has an immediate need for a senior or principal software engineer for building engineering database applications that can be queried via web browsers. This permanent position can be filled in our Cummings Center office in Beverly, Massachusetts or in our West Knoxville office in Knoxville, Tennessee. Please visit the Employment Opportunities page for additional information.

Electrotek Announces Need for Power Quality Monitoring Application Engineer

Electrotek Concepts has a career opportunity for an application engineer to provide internal and external hardware and software technical support of electric power system, power quality, and energy monitoring systems. This permanent position can be filled in our Cummings Center office in Beverly, Massachusetts, in our corporate headquarters in Edison, New Jersey, or in our West Knoxville office in Knoxville, Tennessee. Please visit the Employment Opportunities page for additional information.

Electrotek Releases PQView 3.76.0

PQView 3.76.0 is available for download. It includes more than 160 changes that result in improvements in nearly all components of the PQView application, including the installation program, charting engine, PQView Launcher, PQView Agent, PQView Explorer, Power Quality Data Manager, the Power Quality Data Analyzer, and the PQView Database Library. Please click here to view the complete article on the PQView.com website.

Electrotek to Complete Project for CEATI

Electrotek has been awarded a contract from CEATI International entitled Power Quality Reference Brochure (Guide) - For Customers and Utility Representatives (Power Quality Interest Group Project #5164). The objective of this project is to develop a quick reference guide for utility engineers and customer service representatives that includes a review of some the most important power quality problems and solutions. The guide will include a review of power quality phenomena including voltage unbalance, voltage sags and swells, transients and switching surges, harmonics, and voltage flicker. The guide will include a review of best practices for identifying common power quality problems, determining their effect on utility and customer power system equipment, and for selecting appropriate mitigation measures. For more information regarding this project or the PQIG, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or Mr. Alex Mogilevsky (CEATI Program Manager) at alex.mogilevsky@ceati.com.

Electrotek Announces SVC Harmonic Monitoring Service

Electrotek offers a harmonic monitoring service for static var compensators (SVC), which are shunt-connected devices for providing fast-acting reactive power support on utility high-voltage transmission systems. The service includes monitoring background harmonics and other power quality phenomena based on the guidelines provided in IEEE Std. 1031 and completion of a detailed report that includes background and site information, transducer ratings, system events, and measurement and statistical analysis, which is completed using the PQView® program. For more information, please contact us at info@electrotek.com, visit the website, or download the brochure.

Electrotek to Complete Project for CEATI

Electrotek has been awarded a contract from CEATI International entitled Effective Collection and Management of PQ Data for Analysis and Detection of Incipient Distribution System Components Faults and Identification of their Locations (Power Quality Interest Group Project #5159). The objective of the project is to develop a report that provides utility engineers with guidelines for processing measured power quality data and advanced fault identification and location capabilities, including indications of incipient faults and other misoperating devices. The guide will include a literature review, software state-of-the-art summary, standards-related information, characteristic event waveform signatures, and representative case studies that illustrate waveform identification data collection and analysis methods. For more information regarding this project or the PQIG, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or Mr. Peter Gelineau (PQIG Program Manager) at peter.gelineau@ceati.com.

Electrotek Releases PQView 3.70.0

PQView 3.70.0 is available for download. Highlights include a new Traditional Chinese user interface, a faster and expanded PQView Database Library for Third-Party Software Developers, and a new IEEE P1159.2 Module. Also updated were the data handlers for integrating PQView with the Dranetz InfoNode servers, with IEEE PQDIF and IEEE COMTRADE files, with the SoftSwitching Technologies I-Grid web site, and with Cooper CYMDIST databases. Innovative new charts in the PQView PQ Data Analyzer are available when analyzing trend data and event data. Please click here to view the complete article on the PQView.com website.

Electrotek to Teach University of Wisconsin-Madison Seminar

Dave Mueller will be teaching at the Wind Energy Electrical Balance-of-Plant Design seminar hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison on May 18-20, 2011. The three-day seminar will be at the Embassy Suites in Santa Ana, California. This course will present the most up-to-date knowledge of planning, analysis, and design of wind energy collector systems. The course will include an overview of wind plant collector system design as well as a review of grounding, overvoltage protection, insulation coordination, harmonics, power quality, and other important subjects. For more information, please visit the UW-Madison website at: http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/Courses/Course_Categories.lasso.

Electrotek to Complete Project for CEATI

Electrotek has been awarded a contract from CEATI International entitled Power Quality Considerations for Wind Power (Project 5158). The objective of the project is to develop an application guide that provides utility engineers with a summary of the power quality considerations when applying wind turbines on electric power systems. The guide will provide a summary of the power quality problems associated with the application of wind turbines and wind farms that are connected to utility transmission and distribution systems. The guide will include relevant standards-related information and representative waveforms and case studies for a number of wind-related power quality events. For more information regarding this project or the PQIG, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or Mr. Peter Gelineau (PQIG Program Manager) at peter.gelineau@ceati.com.

TOP, The Output Processor, Achieves Significant Milestone in Usage

Electrotek is pleased to announce that its TOP data visualization and simulation software recently surpassed 15,000 downloads. This milestone demonstrates that the software product, initially distributed in 1984 and offered as a free download since November, 1998 is widely used by power professionals seeking to better understand and interpret monitoring data. The program is used primarily by utility, university and industrial engineers, as well as students for viewing simulation and measurement data. Data also shows that more than 75% of those downloading the program had not used TOP previously. For more information or to download TOP, please visit http://www.pqsoft.com/top/.

Electrotek to Complete Project for CEATI

Electrotek has been awarded a contract from CEATI International entitled Enhancements to the Web-Based Power Quality Database (Project 5157). The principal benefit of this project will be a number of enhancements to the web-based power quality database (Project 5143), including a power factor correction presentation, power quality monitoring presentation, power quality waveform recognition presentation, power quality forum, power quality case studies, report summary documents, and a voltage and current waveform recognition and analysis short course. The project website allows PQIG members to share practical information regarding analyzing and solving many common power quality problems. For more information regarding this project or the PQIG, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or Mr. Peter Gelineau (PQIG Program Manager) at peter.gelineau@ceati.com.

Electrotek Releases PQView 3.69.0

PQView® 3.69.0 is available for download. Highlights from this release include data handler updates, better compatibility with compliant IEEE Std 1159.3 PQDIF files, optional conversion to latitude and longitude from state plane coordinate systems, and new ways to derive measurements for virtual sites. Also included are new shortcuts in the PQ Event Viewer, an overhauled harmonic statistical summary tool, and upgrades to chart window that previously utilized Microsoft Graph. Please click here to view the complete article on the PQView.com website.

Electrotek Completes PQView Update

Electrotek has completed a new version of PQView. PQView 3.68.1 is available for download with nearly two hundred changes and enhancements, including modifications requested during PQView User Group Meetings in Summer 2010, an enhanced charting engine, data handler improvements, PQView Agent updates, better RAS support, new support for proxy server connections, superior fault map viewing, new help files, and corrected ANEEL calculations. Please click here to view the complete article on the PQView.com website.

Electrotek to Complete Project for CEATI

Electrotek has been awarded a contract from CEATI International entitled Enhancements to the Web-based Power Quality Database (Project 5143D). The principal benefit of this project will be a number of enhancements to the web-based power quality database (Project 5143), including signature waveforms, representative case studies, and several educational reference documents. The project website allows PQIG members to share practical information regarding analyzing and solving many common power quality problems. For more information regarding this project or the PQIG, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or Mr. Peter Gelineau (PQIG Program Manager) at peter.gelineau@ceati.com.

Electrotek Completes Application Guide for CEATI

Electrotek recently completed the CEATI International project Practical Guidelines for Evaluating Harmonics on Utility and Customer Systems (Project 5150). The objective of the project was to develop an application guide that provides utility distribution engineers with a summary of the power quality problems associated with common power system harmonics. The report includes methods for identifying these problems, determining their impact on utility and customer systems, and applying common solutions. The guide includes relevant standards information and representative waveforms and case studies regarding many of the common harmonics that occur on the electric power system. For more information, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or Mr. Peter Gelineau (PQIG Program Manager) at peter.gelineau@ceati.com or visit CEATI International at http://www.ceati.com/publication-details?publicationid=6095 (info@ceati.com).

Electrotek Partners with OSIsoft

Electrotek is now a partner with OSIsoft® in developing software applications that are designed to work with OSIsoft products. At present, PQView can be integrated with an OSIsoft PI System® using PI OLEDB Provider and/or PI SDK. The functions that are currently supported include importing measurements from a PI System server to a PQView database, exporting measurements from a PQView database to a PI System server, and correlating SCADA operations stored in a PI server with power quality and fault events stored in a PQView database. For pricing and availability for the optional data handler that enables PQView to interface with PI, send an inquiry to pqview@electrotek.com. For more information, please visit http://www.electrotek.com/pi/.

Electrotek to Complete Projects for CEATI

Electrotek has been awarded several contracts from the Center for Energy Advancement through Technical Innovation (CEATI International, www.ceati.com), including the Power Quality Case Study Library application guide (Project 5143C) and the Establishment of a Web-Based Database of Common Power Quality Problems and Effective Mitigation Solutions (Project 5143B). These projects are for the CEATI Power Quality Interest Group (PQIG), which is comprised of 16 utilities worldwide. The unique aspect of the case study application guide is that it will consist solely of power quality case studies using data provided by PQIG participants. The objective of the database project is to complete a number of tasks in support of the new PQIG web-based power quality database. For more information on these projects or the PQIG, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or Mr. Peter Gelineau (PQIG Program Manager) at peter.gelineau@ceati.com.

Electrotek Completes Application Guide for CEATI

Electrotek recently completed the CEATI International project Impact of Utility Voltage Variations on Customer Systems (Project 5141). The objective of the project was to develop an application guide that provides utility distribution engineers with a summary of the voltage variation events that negatively affect utility and customer systems. The guide includes relevant standards-related information and representative waveforms for many of the common voltage variations that occur on the electric power system. This report includes a summary of voltage variations and commonly applied methods for reducing their effect on utility and customer power systems. For more information, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or visit CEATI International at http://www.ceati.com/pdetails.php?id=6042 (info@ceati.com).

Electrotek to Complete Application Guide for CEATI

Electrotek has been awarded a contract from the Center for Energy Advancement through Technical Innovation (CEATI International, www.ceati.com), to complete the Practical Guidelines for Evaluating Harmonics on Utility and Customer Systems application guide (Project 5150) for the CEATI Power Quality Interest Group (PQIG), which is comprised of 16 utilities worldwide. The guide will provide utility engineers with a summary of the power quality problems associated with common power system harmonics. Methods for identifying these problems, determining their impact on utility and customer systems, and applying common solutions will be provided. The guide will include relevant standards information and representative waveforms and case studies regarding many of the common harmonics that occur on the electric power system. For more information on this project or the PQIG, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or Mr. Peter Gelineau (PQIG Program Manager) at peter.gelineau@ceati.com.

Electrotek Completes New PQView Website

Electrotek is pleased to announce that PQView has an entirely new web site at http://www.pqview.com. In addition to being the Internet location for downloading PQView® and PQWeb® updates, you can find installation guides, user manuals, sample data, sample databases, database scripts, and Microsoft® Access runtime versions. In addition, you will find online discussion pages, a frequently asked questions database, newsletters, technical notes, and a PQView.com search engine. Overview information about PQView, PQWeb, data sources, and system requirements are also available. For more information, please visit http://www.pqview.com.

Electrotek to Complete Application Guide for CEATI

Electrotek has been awarded a contract from the Center for Energy Advancement through Technical Innovation (CEATI International), to complete the Impact of Utility Voltage Variations on Customer Systems application guide (Project 5141) for the CEATI Power Quality Interest Group (PQIG), which is comprised of 16 utilities worldwide. The guide will provide utility distribution engineers with a summary of the voltage variations events that negatively affect utility and customer systems. Methods for identifying related problems, determining their impact on end-users, and applying common solutions will be provided. The guide will include relevant standards-related information, example waveforms for many common voltage variation events, and a number of representative case studies. For more information on this project or the PQIG, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or visit CEATI at http://www.ceati.com/collaborative-programs/distribution/power-quality (info@ceati.com).

Electrotek Completes Application Guide for CEATI

Electrotek recently completed the CEATI International, Inc. (CEATI) project Practical Guidelines for Evaluating the Impact of Transients on Utility Customers (Project 5138). The objective of this project was to develop an application guide that provides a review of the power system transient phenomena that can negatively affect utility and customer systems. The guide includes relevant standards-related information and representative waveforms for many of the common transients that occur on the electric power system. This report provides utility distribution and power quality engineers with a summary of power system transients and commonly applied methods for reducing their effect on utility and customer power systems. For more information, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or visit CEATI at http://www.ceati.com/pdetails.php?id=5957.

Electrotek Completes Application Guide for CEATI

Electrotek recently completed the CEATI International, Inc. (CEATI) project Monitoring and Analysis of Power Quality Problems Associated with Distribution Capacitor Banks (Project 5133). The objective of this project was to develop an application guide that provides design, operation, simulation, and performance monitoring guidelines for assessing distribution capacitor banks and their effect on customer power quality. This report provides utility distribution engineers with a summary of the most significant power quality problems associated with the application of utility distribution capacitor banks. For more information, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or visit CEATI at http://www.ceati.com/pdetails.php?id=5925.

Electrotek to Complete Application Guide for CEATI

Electrotek has been awarded a contract from CEATI International, Inc. (CEATI) to complete the Practical Guidelines for Evaluating the Impact of Transients on Utility Customers application guide (Project 5138) for the CEATI Power Quality Interest Group (PQIG), which is comprised of 16 utilities world-wide. The guide will provide utility distribution engineers with a summary of the power system transient events that negatively affect utility and customer systems. Methods for identifying transient-related problems, determining their impact on end-users, and applying common solutions will be provided. The guide will include relevant standards-related information, example waveforms for many common transient events, and a number of representative case studies. For more information on this project or the PQIG, please contact us at info@electrotek.com or visit CEATI at http://www.ceati.com/collaborative-programs/distribution/power-quality (info@ceati.com).

Electrotek to Teach MidAmerican Energy PQ Seminars

Electrotek will present a seminar on solving power quality problems that will be hosted by MidAmerican Energy. The seminar is scheduled for May 8, 2007 in Fort Dodge, Iowa and will be repeated on May 9 in Sioux City. The courses will focus on end-user power quality problems and case histories on how to solve them.

Electrotek to Present Technical Paper at Georgia Tech Conference

Electrotek will present the paper Common Power Quality Waveform Signatures Using IEEE COMTRADE and PQDIF at the Georgia Tech 10th Annual Fault and Disturbance Analysis Conference to be held April 30 - May 1, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. The paper will present a collection of representative waveforms for various power system fault and power quality events, such as voltage sags, momentary interruptions, harmonics, capacitor switching transients, and ferroresonance. The waveforms will be represented using standard categories and the COMTRADE and PQDIF data interchange formats. For more information, please visit the Georgia Tech conference website.

GMC-I Gossen-Metrawatt Acquires Dranetz-BMI / Daytronic Corp. / Electrotek Concepts

Edison, NJ - January 4, 2007 – The Board of Directors for WPT, Inc. has formally announced the sale of Dranetz-BMI, Daytronic Corp., and Electrotek Concepts to Gossen-Metrawatt (GMC-I), of Nuremberg, Germany.

This acquisition assists GMC-I in securing a broad presence and strong sales channel into the Americas. Coupled with an existing broad product offering, the addition of Dranetz-BMI Power Quality Instruments gives Gossen-Metrawatt a comprehensive electrical product line backed by strong, global sales channels.

According to Joseph Gonzalez-Rivas, President/CEO of the newly formed US company, Global Power Technology, Inc., “This acquisition represents a great day for Dranetz-BMI, Daytronic, and Electrotek Concepts. The partnership with GMC-I will expand our already extensive product and service offering to better serve our customers and meet the markets growing needs for electrical test equipment.” For more information, please contact sales@dranetz.com.

GMC–I Gossen-Metrawatt, headquartered in Nuremberg Germany – with manufacturing and sales offices across Europe, is well known for offering a broad spectrum of products and services, including consulting, project engineering, products, and training to their customers. This consistent alignment with their customers has positioned them as a worldwide market leader for more than 100 years. For more information regarding Gossen-Metrawatt, please visit http://www.gossenmetrawatt.com/default.htm.

Electrotek Adds New PQSoft Service

Electrotek has added a new PQSoft (www.pqsoft.com) service for 2007. The Power Quality Measurements Analysis Service provides expert investigation of power quality measurements. Users send monitoring results to Electrotek that are analyzed for their content and recommendations are provided in a brief summary report. For more information, please visit http://www.pqsoft.com/ or contact us at info@electrotek.com.

NRECA Power Quality Signature Database

Electrotek completed the Power Quality Signature Database project for the Cooperative Research Network of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The database provides co-ops with an easy-to-use wizard and reference guide to help diagnose power quality problems on distribution systems. The report includes more than 100 representative waveforms for various events, including voltage sags, momentary interruptions, voltage swells, harmonics, capacitor switching transients, transformer energizing transients, ferroresonance, etc. The waveforms are grouped by the categories provided in IEEE Std. 1159, and the raw data files for each waveform are included in the IEEE PQDIF and COMTRADE formats. These files can easily be viewed using Electrotek's free TOP, The Output Processor program. The report is available to CRN members. For more information, please visit the CRN website.

Electrotek to Complete Application Guide for CEATI

Electrotek was awarded a contract from CEATI International, Inc. (CEATI) to complete the Monitoring and Analysis of Power Quality Problems Associated with Distribution Capacitor Banks Application Guide (Project 5133). This guide will provide design, application, simulation, and performance monitoring guidelines for assessing the application of distribution capacitor banks and their impact on customer power quality. Specific power quality problems will include capacitor switching transients and power system harmonics. Methods for identifying these problems, determining their impact on utility and customer systems, and developing solutions will be provided. A number of case studies related to common power quality and operational problems will be included in the guide. For more information, please contact us at info@electrotek.com.

Electrotek Completes SuperHarm Training in China

Electrotek recently completed one-week of training for six engineers from Guangdong Power Grid Power Test & Research Institute. The training included formal training using the SuperHarm Case Study Workbook. The session also explored a some aspects with the operation of a HVDC system causing harmonics problems. The training was done at their facility in Guangzhou, China.

Electrotek to Teach MidAmerican Energy PQ Seminars

Electrotek will present a seminar on solving power quality problems that will be hosted by MidAmerican Energy. The seminar is scheduled for May 10 in Carroll, Iowa and will be repeated on May 11 in Iowa City. The courses will focus on end-user power quality problems and case histories on how to solve them.

Electrotek to Study Outrush Reactor TRVs for FirstEnergy

Electrotek has been awarded a contract to study transient recovery voltages during faults on an outrush reactor installed on a 138kV capacitor bank on the FirstEnergy system. The project will include the development of a transient model of the system using PSCAD and an evaluation of transient recovery voltages for various reactor faults during normal and contingency conditions. The study will include simulating additional capacitance at the reactor terminals to reduce the severity of the recovery voltages during breaker operations. For more information, please contact us at info@electrotek.com.

KEPCO Attends Advanced Power Quality Training Courses at Electrotek

Two engineers from Korean Electric Power Company (KEPCO), Jeong Sungook and Um Hyungil, traveled to Electrotek’s training facility in Knoxville, Tennessee for three weeks of advanced power quality training. The subjects covered included distribution power quality, voltage sags, harmonics, power conditioning, measurements and monitoring, transients, and power system modeling.

Harmonic Study for a Transmission System Capacitor Bank Installation

FirstEnergy has contracted Electrotek to complete a harmonic investigation of a new 138kV capacitor bank installation at their Maclean Substation. The project includes capturing some spot harmonic measurements, modeling the system using SuperHarm, analyzing resonance concerns, modeling harmonic source characteristics and determining if any mitigation is necessary.

Electrotek to Study Capacitor Applications for FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy has contracted Electrotek to complete a transient investigation of a new 138kV capacitor bank installation at their Maclean Substation. The study will involve using PSCAD to analyze transient overvoltages and overcurrents during capacitor bank switching. The effectiveness of pre-insertion resistors/inductors and synchronous closing control, the potential for voltage magnification, and nuisance tripping of sensitive power electronic loads on customer systems will all be evaluated. For more information, please contact us at info@electrotek.com.

Electrotek Investigates Data Center Power Supply Failures

Electrotek has been asked several times to investigate power supply unit (PSU) failures at hospitals, communication centers, and data centers. Key to these investigations has been to evaluate the failure modes of the units and to evaluate the main utility power supply characteristics at these sites.

Electrotek Investigates Data Center Design Issues

Electrotek has been working on design issues with data centers. One investigation was to determine the neutral-ground voltage to be expected on a four-wire system with power-factor-corrected power supplies. Electrotek used SuperHarm to model the cabling system, determine cable constants parameters, and evaluate the effect of the power supplies on the neutral system. Another study evaluated the issues of power supply inrush during power system transfers and momentary interruptions. PSCAD was used to simulate the response of thousands of power supplies following a system disturbance. Also, measurements were conducted during test situations utilizing a Dranetz PX-5. There was reasonable agreement between the simulations and the follow-up measurements, confirming that there was an issue and determining its severity.


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