Award from IEEE Power System Relaying & Control Committee
Congratulations Krish Narendra, Ph.D (CTO of ERL's Power Automation & Smart Grid division) who was recently recognized from the IEEE PSRC for significant contribution to the working group investigating the use of synchrophasors in protection applications. Specifically the award recognizes the importance of his role in the technical report “User of Synchrophasor Measurements in Protective Relaying Applications” which was submitted to the IEEE PSRC last year.
News Coverage of CEB Meeting in Sri Lanka
Krish Narendra, Ph.D (CTO of ERL's Power Automation & Smart Grid division) recently appeared on Sri Lankan television, coverage of his meetings with the head of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) about TESLA Power System Recorders. CEB is the largest electricity company in Sri Lanka, which manages all major functions of electricity generation, transmission, distribution and retailing in Sri Lanka.
Welcome Stephen Suto
ERLPhase is pleased to announce that Stephen Suto has joined our team as the SE USA Regional Sales Manager based in the Tampa, FL area. Steve has extensive work experience in utility power and automation technologies, including several years at Beckwith Electric in various roles including inside sales and as a sales manager for the SE USA. Mr. Suto is passionate about working with customers and looks forward to building relationships in the south eastern states.
Mr. Suto may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch Seminar at IEEE PES Phoenix
On May 19th, 2016 ERLPhase Director of Technical Support Rene Midence provided a sub-harmonics presentation to the IEEE PES Phoenix Chapter, at a Lunch and Learn in Phoenix, AZ.
The IEEE PES Phoenix Chapter provides a platform for open discussion and knowledge transfer in the electric power industry around the greater Maricopa County area. This chapter hosts monthly technical luncheons, encourages local non-profit community workshops, recognizes outstanding students and professionals, creates online resources, and supports electric engineering programs at local universities. Members and participants include those from local utilities, engineering firms, contractors, distributors, manufacturers, as well as engineering students and academic faculty.
Monthly luncheons allow the IEEE a forum to introduce new technologies, products and have open discussions about industry practices and standards. IEEE PES Phoenix pursues industry leaders on national and global levels to come in and talk with its members.
The May 19th presentation included discussion of:
- What are sub-harmonics?
- What are the typical causes of sub-harmonics?
- What are the system conditions that may be susceptible to introducing sub-harmonics?
- What studies should be considered to determine if the power system may be at risk for sub-synchronous resonance (SSR)?
- How to mitigate the detrimental effects of sub-harmonics
- ERLPhase solution to protect against sub-harmonics
The presentation was attended by 30 members of the IEEE PES Phoenix Chapter, representing companies such as Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, Southwestern Power Group, Eaton, Transco Energy, WESCO, Gen-Tech, and Arizona State University.
The presentation was well received, brought out many questions from participants, and prompted several invitations for future company lunch and learns. Thank you to Gorman Company for involvement in setting up this presentation and organization of further high quality presentations at future events.
Introducing ERL I/O Expansion IED for standalone digital input/output expansion
ERLPhase introduces the ERL I/O Expansion IED, a stand-alone digital input/output expansion IED that supports 128 physical digital inputs (DIs), 15 output contacts, 128 subscription virtual channels for record triggering and 15 subscription virtual channels for output contact controls. The ERL I/O Expansion IED uses IEC 61850 GOOSE (Generic Object Oriented Substation Event) station bus (8-1) enabled protocol to publish and subscribe the binary input/output messages with ERL Devices and other IEDs supporting IEC 61850 GOOSE subscriptions.
Digital input statuses are communicated to multiple IED's in the network and to SCADA, which expands access to such information without costs to add additional IED's, and reduces the problems associated with having multiple IED's communicate with each other. In the event of a loss in the GPS time source, the I/O Expansion IED generates and provides 1pps unmodulated IRIG-B signal across up to 5 connected IED's, thereby ensuring time synchronization across these IED's.
TESLA 4000 power system recorder has provision for up to 256 virtual inputs to receive and record the time and status of events contained in IEC 61850 GOOSE messages. Connect two ERL I/O IED's with one TESLA 4000 to get 256 additional status inputs. Learn more at our website ERL I/O Expansion IED product page
CE Certification for TESLA 4000 Power System Recorder
We are pleased to announce that the TESLA 4000 Power System Recorder is now CE certified. The CE certification enables TESLA supply to those markets that require the product to meet the environmental, safety and other technical requirements as per the CE regulations for its category.
John Swindlehurst, President of ERL America's, comments, "The TESLA is the second in our product family to undergo the stringent safety requirements required for CE certification, following certification of our S-PRO Sub-Harmonic Protection relay earlier in 2015. We look forward to announcing certification of additional products later this year."
Welcome Keivan Bahari
We are delighted to welcome Keivan Bahari as a Technical Services Engineer, part of the experienced team of engineers supporting ERLPhase customers. Keivan is a Professional Engineer, and has a Project Management Professional designation with over 15 years of experience in power generation, transmission and distribution systems in multi-disciplinary environments. Keivan's experience includes work with ABB in various positions. He has also published and presented several papers at industry seminars and conferences and holds a Masters in Electrical Power Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. Keivan is based in Toronto and may be reached at email@example.com
ElectraNet (Australia) Approves S-PRO Relay
Based on a system study carried out by the ERLPhase Product Development team (Winnipeg) in collaboration with Electranix Corporation (Winnipeg), ElectraNet (Australia) has chosen the S-PRO Sub-Harmonic Protection Relay. The S-PRO will be used to protect a series compensated transmission line against SSR (Sub Synchronous Resonance) and SSCI (Sub Synchronous Controller Instability) conditions caused by wind farms.
ERL Receives Best Paper Award at CEPSI in South Korea
CEPSI (Conference of the Electric Power Supply Industry) is a key power industry event serving East Asia and the Western Pacific region. Congratulations to ERL authors of "Microprocessor Based Advanced Protection Scheme using IEC 61850 Process Bus (9-2) Sampled Values", who received a best paper award at this conference in October. The first author of the paper, Dr. Krish Narendra (Chief Technology Officer ERL) and the co-author Abhijit Dasgupta (President of ERL Marketing International) proudly travelled to Jeju to present the paper and to accept the award.
Thank you to all other co-authors of the paper and to everyone at ERL who was involved!
Congratulations Andy Perreault!
Mr. Perreault has taken on the role of Production Manager. He has over 20 years of development and supervisory experience in a variety of engineering and design environments, with a particular focus on product development for volume manufacturing. His career includes 10+ years of development management, including 5 years of project management as part of the ERLPhase product development team. During his career, Mr. Perreault has been involved in multiple aspects of business operation, including quotations, regulatory approvals and contract manufacturing. His perspective and knowledge will help him carry forward the ERLPhase commitment to deliver high-quality products to market, with a sustained effort towards continuous product and process improvement. Prior to joining the team in 2010, Mr. Perreault served in department and project management roles with Parker Hannifin Electronic Controls (Vansco Electronics) and Kraus Global. Mr. Perreault has a diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology from Red River College, as well as a variety of courses through the University of Manitoba.
Scottish Power Transmission S-PRO
S-PRO 4000 relay chosen for detection of subsynchronous oscillation
Awarded in SEPTEMBER 2014 and slated for delivery next spring, the project includes 16 S-PRO Sub Harmonic Protection Relays, to be installed in substations where wind generation connects to the transmission network in Northern Scotland. The commissioning of the innovative technology on SSO detection provided by the S-PRO relay is part of a multi-layered Sub Synchronous Resonance (SSR) risk mitigation strategy envisioned by Scottish Power to enhance network capacity, involving the installation of series compensation on 400KV interconnections. This proactive approach enables growth of renewable energy sources and provides for consistency with EU targets.
Introducing the B-PRO 4000 Multi-Busbar Protection System
The B-PRO 4000 Multi-Busbar system provides protection for any bus bar configuration with 3 differential zones and a check zone. Its scalable architecture allows flexibility to use the most cost effective hardware combinations, based on the actual number of zones and number of current inputs in the bus system. For example, protection for 23 feeders plus one bus tie breaker can be provided using four B-PRO 4000 relays communicating with each other.
The B-PRO 4000 Multi-Busbar system provides current differential bus protection, circuit breaker failure protection, end fault protection, backup over current protection, independent check zone, open CT and advanced saturation detection for EHV bus-bars. It provides control, automation, metering, monitoring, fault oscillography, event logging, and dynamic swing recording, with advanced communications in a flexible cost effective package.
- Easy to use, intuitive setting and analysis software
- Dynamic Bus Replica
- Integrated Breaker Fail Protection with single phase initiation, End Zone Protection and Over Current Protection for each input current
- Isolator and CB status monitoring and alarming
- Delta Phase and Rate of Change of Differential (ROCOD) algorithms provide enhanced security during external faults with heavy CT saturation
- Use 1 x B-PRO 4000 relay for every 6 x 3-phase CT inputs configured for the bus differential element
- High quality fault recording and event log
ERLPhase Announces IEC 61850 Certification for B-PRO 4000 Bus Protection Relay
ERLPhase Power Technologies, a provider of easy-to-use protection relays and digital fault recorders, today announced IEC 61850 protocol certification of its B-PRO 4000 Bus Protection Relay. Issued by the Central Power Research Institute of India, this independent assessment is based on the UCA International Users Group Device Test Procedures.
IEC 61850 Station Bus protocol (8-1) is offered as a standard feature on all 4000 Series relays and recorders.
About IEC 61850:
In response to growing proprietary protocols, the IEC 61850 standard was developed to ensure interoperability of substation automation devices. Beginning in 1995, an IEC project group of about 60 members from different countries worked in 3 IEC working groups to create a single protocol which would: define basic services required to transfer data in the future, promote interoperability between vendor systems, standardize on a common format for data storage, and define testing requirements for conformance to the standard.
Transition to 4000 Series Protection Relays
ERLPhase is pleased to announce to our relay customers that our 4000 series of protection products is now complete, including the addition of the F-PRO 4000 and the advanced B-PRO 4000 Multibus Protection Relay. Customers used to purchasing our older generation protection relays will experience a seamless transition and increased functionality with the purchase of 4000 series relays.
Welcome our Newest Applications Engineer Anderson Oliveira
ERLPhase is pleased to welcome Anderson Oliveira as a Field Applications Engineer in our Technical Services Group. Mr. Oliveira has over 10 years experience in power transmission and distribution systems. He is a well rounded engineer with experience in power systems studies, design and commissioning of Protection & Control systems, as well as detailed design of power plants and substations. Mr. Oliveira also has experience implementing training; technical communication with ERLPhase customers, both in North America and Latin America, will be a significant part of his role.
Prior to joining ERLPhase Power Technologies, Mr. Oliveira was a Design Engineer for Genivar in Toronto where he was involved in the design of generating stations, transformer stations and distributed generator in accordance to the technical interconnection requirements of the owner of the power grid. He has also worked as an Electrical Engineer for CHESF, one of the largest utilities in Brazil, coordinating and supervising implementation of maintenance programs for substation equipment. Anderson is a Professional Engineer, registered in the Province of Ontario. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pernambuco, Brazil and he is working on his M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Anderson is fluent in both English and Portuguese and can converse in Spanish as well.
Mr. Oliveira enjoys working in partnership with customers on technical planning to choose appropriate power systems equipment. He looks forward to meeting you all!
ERLPhase Announces Windows 7 Operating System Support
ERLPhase is pleased to announce the release of software updates for all products, adding support for the 32 bit Windows 7 Professional operating system. This release maintains all backwards compatibility features. It means that ERLPhase software will now work with both Windows 7 32 bit operating systems as well XP Service Pack 3 operating systems.
As always, all ERLPhase Control Panel software can be downloaded from the Software page of our website
Note that installation of a new ERLPhase USB driver will be necessary as described by the USB driver Installation Guide
. Also note that, due to Windows 7 restrictions, the location of the Records folder for new installations has changed to "C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\ERLPhase\RecordBase Server\data-base" for Windows 7 and "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\ERLPhase\RecordBase Server\database" for Windows XP. Existing databases are not affected.
For further questions anytime, please contact our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 204-477-0591. We look forward to speaking with you.
Also stay tuned for future releases of 64 bit Windows 7 compatible software!
ERLPhase Acquired PICS Certification
ERLPhase is pleased to have acquired certification from PICS, which performs supplier prequalification, with a focus on safety. PICS's prequalification and auditing services are used by some customers in the oil and gas industry, in power, and in manufacturing. Founded in 2003 as an organization dedicated to safety, PICS is headquartered in Irvine, California (http://www.picsauditing.com
ERLPhase Earns LAPEM Certification for TESLA 4000
LAPEM is the Quality division of CFE (The Federal Commission of Electricity of Mexico) and approves organizations, such as ERLPhase Power Technologies to supply products and services to CFE. Suppliers are evaluated and audited in accordance with ISO Quality Standards.
JUNE 14, 2012
ERLPhase Successfully Passed ISO 9001:2008 Recertification Audit
We are honored to announce that in May ERLPhase successfully passed an ISO 9001:2008 Recertification Audit, valid for another 3 year term. An independent certification body confirmed that ERLPhase meets all quality system management requirements under ISO 9001:2008. The audit included a review of processes throughout the business from management responsibility, to purchasing/subcontractor control, to inspection and testing.
The management system was found to be fully effective (no nonconformities issued). Auditors were especially impressed with implementation of the Balanced Score Card system for evaluation and self-evaluation of individual job performance. They also were pleased to see that QMS documents actively reviewed and revised as processes evolved. Auditors mentioned some opportunities for improvement, which will be followed up on actively, in keeping the culture of continuous improvement at ERLPhase.
"ERLPhase is an organization with very competent people and highly skilled staff,"
commented Bien Lalo, Quality Assurance Specialist at ERLPhase. "I am proud of the way our team came together to demonstrate the quality processes that we uphold every day. The fact that this re-certification audit resulted in no findings is a solid testament to everyone's commitment. Let us continually support and improve our QMS as we grow and be a leader in the industry."
ERLPhase Quality System Strengths: (as identified by auditors)
- Customer focus
- Commitment to compliance to the documented QMS
- Commitment to continual improvement of the effectiveness of the QMS
- Implementation of the second party audits of contract manufacturers
- Effective implementation of the ESD control program
MARCH 20, 2012
TESLA Power System Recorders
Our TESLA 4000 recorders have now been in production and shipping to customers for over two years. This new hardware platform has proved to be reliable and has been embraced by many existing and new users for its new features and increased processing resources. As a result of the increased volume and success, our recorder inventory and production emphasis has shifted to this newer TESLA recorder.
Over the next few months, ERLPhase will be transitioning production away from the existing TESLA 3000 with the primary emphasis being support of existing installed base and accommodation of our market leading 10 year warranty. Easy customer transition to the TESLA 4000 is designed into this newer product, with full fit, form, and functionality of previous models. The TESLA 4000 is the same size, has identical terminations, and utilizes the same input modules as the TESLA 2000 and 3000 recorders. Also, the latest release of TESLA Control Panel Software is backward compatible with all previous TESLA recorders.
We truly appreciate your continued business and look forward to supporting your seamless transition to the newer recorder products.
OCTOBER 27, 2011
ERLPhase Welcomes Rafael Chaparro as Director of Sales for Latin America
ERLPhase is pleased to welcome Rafael Chaparro to lead sales in the Latin American region.
Mr. Chaparro's experience includes over 25 years in the power utility industry, including 8 years in communications and relaying with RFL Electronics and 10 years in metering systems with Schlumberger.
Mr. Chaparro will work very closely with Hugo Davila, who has been with the company for many years and is the Technical Manager for Latin America.
"Rafael Chaparro is a very high caliber professional, whose communications experience in relaying and metering applications will be invaluable to ERLPhase and to our customers,"
said John Swindlehurst, VP Sales and Marketing at ERLPhase. "His experience with Latin American power utilities will help shape our strategies in that region, which will represent a growing part of our business in years to come."
Mr. Chaparro has an Electrical Engineering degree from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, and a Masters of Science in Telecommunications from George Mason University in Virginia, USA. He is an IEEE Power Engineering Society member and is active in Power Systems Relaying Committee working groups.
"I am excited about ERL's new generation of product and am pleased to be part of a dynamic organization with international vision,"
commented Mr. Chaparro. "ERLPhase is certainly ready with all the features demanded by clients in Latin America and I look forward to bringing these innovative solutions to the market. These products, along with ERL's tradition of excellent support and ease of use, will open new doors."
Mr. Chaparro is based in the Washington DC area and can be reached at email@example.com
or (703) 716-4507.
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Krish Narendra Appointed as Adjunct Professor
ERLPhase Power Technologies is pleased to announce that the University of Manitoba has appointed Krish Narendra (Ph.D.) as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This 3 year term includes providing thesis topic advice to graduate students, evaluating graduate students theses, shaping graduate studies policies, and maintaining his high level of scholarship and research in the University community.
Dr. Narendra is the Vice President of Technology and Quality at ERLPhase Power Technologies. He obtained his B.E. (Electrical Engineering) in 1986 from University Visweswaraiah College of Engineering (UVCE), and Msc (E.E), Ph.D. (E.E) with a specialisation in High Voltage Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, India in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Concordia University, Montreal as a Research Scholar in 1995. From 1996, he worked in software development with APT Technologies and then NxtPhase T&D Corporation, heading Software Development for the Relay and Recorder division since 2006.
Dr. Narendra has over 18 years of software development expertise, as well as over 25 publications and 4 patents (pending) to his credit. He is actively participating in the IEEE PRSC (Power System Relaying Standards Committee), IEEE – IEC joint working groups and is a member of the PRTT of NASPI (North American Synchrophasor Initiative). His areas of interest include Power Systems Disturbance Analysis, Protection, HVDC Controls, Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Wavelets, Phasor Technology (PMUs), and IEC 61850 application to protection and control.
Interview with Apps Engineer, Mark Peterson at IEEE Power Systems Conference