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NYPA deploys mPrest critical power infrastructure health platform

William Payne
March 16, 2017
 


New York's largest public power organisation, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is deploying operationally a predictive health analytics applications developed by utility analytics specialist mPrest. The application is designed to enhance New York Power Authority's operational reliability and the cost-effectiveness of its critical asset network.

NYPA is the United States' largest state public power organisation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit?miles of transmission lines. 

mPrest’s Asset Health Management application was developed in collaboration with NYPA and is already deployed and monitors the operational health of NYPA transformers in real time, assisting to improve reliability and maximise efficiencies at NYPA’s Niagara Power Plant, which is one of the largest renewable energy sources in the nation. The NYPA-mPrest partnership is designed to reduce costs while ensuring that New York remains at the forefront of technological innovation.

The deployment of the mPrest product-based platform at NYPA contributes to Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, which is designed to foster the development a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

mPrest’s software uses Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies to monitor equipment and systems outfitted with online and offline sensors, allowing for real time monitoring and data analysis as well as enhanced control capabilities. 

At the Niagara Power Plant, mPrest’s software platform analyses information from sensors on electrical transformers to automatically diagnose their operational health and predict potential malfunctions and failures. 

These new capabilities enable strategic maintenance of the transformers optimising their efficiency, avoiding outages, reducing operational costs and supporting reliable power supplies for New York.

“Our transformer system is a critical piece of our statewide power infrastructure, raising the voltage or 'electrical pressure' of power so that it can be transmitted long distance over the state's grid,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “Through our collaboration with mPrest, we can now accurately predict potential failures through better diagnostics and prognosis. As we actively pursue becoming the ‘first completely digital utility in the country,’ it is through cutting-edge technological innovation like this one, made possible with the intelligence, dedication and cooperation of our partners, that we have developed a unique, effective way of monitoring our transformers.”

“Our partnership with the talented, forward thinking electricity engineers and experts at the New York Power Authority has resulted in the development and deployment of a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive monitoring and control system,” said Natan Barak, founder and President of mPrest. “In a record amount of time, we, together with NYPA, determined what was needed, and created an unprecedented, effective solution that will reduce operational risks, deter unplanned down time, and prevent expensive maintenance costs. I believe that this technology achievement will lead to broader partnership between Israel and New York State.”

Following testing using historical performance data by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) that proved the mPrest platform effective, NYPA is looking at additional applications for this technology. EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. The mPrest product-based platform combines offline dissolved gas analysis (DGA) with online DGA to provide precise guidance for when to undertake transformer maintenance for optimal performance.