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Power Partners and SmartSenseCom are working on the development of an intelligent distribution transformer (IDT) that uses sensing technology licensed from the U.S. Navy.

The IDT package will offer steady-state transformer monitoring, connectivity mapping, reporting of anomalies (such as rapid changes in voltage, current, temperature and pressure), smart metering at the transformer, and distributed control and protection applications. The sensors are accurate and stable in harsh environments, have almost no temperature variation, and consume little power, the companies say.

“The intelligent distribution transformer that PPI and SSC are developing fits into the overall smart grid initiative because remote feedback of voltage and current data can allow utilities to fine-tune the distribution system for its most efficient operation for any given time of the day or year," says Luke Faulstick, president and CEO of Power Partners.

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