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July 2018 issue of PSC News is out now. Included in this issue:

  • DER advice to regulators in California and Minnesota
  • PSC supports commissioning of the world’s first VSC Bipole HVDC link
  • CIGRE 2018 General Session in Paris, France
  • PSC at the 2018 ENA Conference in Australia




PSC supports commissioning of world’s first VSC Bipole HVDC link

HVDC’s ability to send large amounts of electricity over long distances with low electrical losses has historically made it a technology of choice for long-distance bulk power transmission. HVDC, particularly VSC (Voltage Source Converter) technology, is increasingly the method of choice for overcoming the challenges associated with accessing remote renewable energy resources that require subsea electrical transmission and the interconnection of asynchronous AC grids, providing efficient, stable transmission and control capability.

Maritime Link switchyard equipment at Bottom Brook substation



Power System Dynamics in Distribution Systems

Historically, in large electricity grids, generation is rarely found within the distribution system, but is rather connected remotely via a high voltage transmission network. With the trends seen in the transformation of the grid, generation embedded in the distribution system is now becoming the norm, rather than the exception, and can include wind, solar, and batteries, as well as conventional diesel and hydropower units.



Detailed Testing, Modelling and Compliance in the Snowy River Mountains

Snowy Hydro is a dynamic energy company supplying electricity to more than one million homes and businesses. Since the days of their pioneering past, Snowy Hydro has grown into the fourth largest player in the Australian energy market. Snowy Hydro not only operates the mighty Snowy Scheme (nine power stations including pumped storage at Tumut 3 Power Station and Jindabyne Pumping Station), it also operates gas and diesel peaking assets in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. They have a total generation capacity of 5,500 megawatts (MW) and offer energy insurance and other products that provide supply security and price certainty to customers in the energy market...

Genassure Test Engineer Geoffrey Callander at Tumut 2 Station



PSC at DistribuTECH 2018

PSC attended the DistribuTECH conference in San Antonio, Texas during January 2018.  Pictured below is the smart looking team at the PSC booth...

The PSC team at DistribuTECH from L to R: Alex Boyd, Tony Armstrong, John O'Hehir, Ken Pratt


CIGRÉ Winnipeg Shines Light on Industry Direction

PSC was the Diamond Sponsor of CIGRÉ Winnipeg 2017, held in Winnipeg, MB, Canada this October. This was a unique event that saw the convergence of three of CIGRÉ study committees – A3 High Voltage Equipment, D1 Materials & Emerging Test Techniques, and B4 HVDC & Power Electronics. This culminated in a joint colloquium,tutorial series, and exhibition that was organized by the Study Committees and hosted by Manitoba Hydro at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

PSC reinforced a commitment to CIGRÉ events around the world in 2017, as a sponsor of the CIGRÉ Conference on the Integration of Distributed Energy Resources (CIDER) in Australia, and at the CIGRÉ Dublin Symposium. This marked the fourth straight year that PSC was a Diamond Sponsor of CIGRÉ Canada.

“PSC is proud to support CIGRÉ in Canada and around the world as it works to evolve the state of the art within our industry both from a product and operations perspective,” said President and CEO Alex Boyd, who was in Winnipeg for the event.

The PSC team at CIGRÉ from L to R: Tony Armstrong, Brad Railing, Geoff Love,
Ramesh Hariharan, Marc Brunet-Watson, Alex Boyd



PSC Sponsors Electric Bicycle Competition

It has been a busy few months for a team of students at Scots College in Wellington New Zealand as they build an electric bicycle for the Evolocity electric vehicle school competition. The team’s electric bicycle recently competed in the Wellington regional competition in September.

The competition included several different courses and challenges for their bike to compete in as well as incorporating two technologies that improves the driving and control of their bike.  The team contacted PSC due to our involvement in EV vehicles and we are pleased to provide sponsorship for this project. The students have had to explore innovative ways to engineer the design, in a test of problemsolving, teamwork and skill.




Power System Stablizer Design - PSC's Anupama Konara to speak at 2017 IEEE PES General Meeting

Utilities need to tune new and existing Power System Stabilizers (PSS) to ensure stability of their power systems as network topologies evolve and new system stresses emerge. PSS act on generator excitation controls to provide positive damping to low frequency oscillations. PSS tuning involves determining settings that work under multiple operating conditions and is typically validated using computer simulations. PSC’s Anupama Konara will be presenting a new PSS design technique this July at the 2017 IEEE PES General Meeting in Chicago, IL.



Next Evolutionary Step for PSC

Message from Alex Boyd, President, PSC

It brings me great joy to announce a new stage in the evolution of PSC. Recently, the founders and existing shareholders of PSC completed a management and staff buyout that consolidates all of PSC’s operations as a single, global entity.  I believe this transition is a great opportunity for our staff, and for our customers...

Message from PSC Chairman & Co-Founder, Tony Armstrong

I am very pleased to announce the next evolutionary step for the PSC group of companies. On April 29th, 2017, the founders and existing shareholders achieved completion of a management and staff buyout led by PSC North American CEO, Alex Boyd...



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