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Sentient Energy Announces Release of Ample™ Analytics 3.0 to Identify Distribution Grid faults and Potential Equipment Failures

New version of grid analytics platform will analyze high-resolution oscillography waveforms to identify and analyze grid events.

Burlingame, Calif., February 4, 2016 – Sentient Energy, Inc., a leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics solutions for electric utilities, today announced the release of its Ample™ 3.0 Analytics platform. When paired with Sentient Energy’s family of intelligent line sensors, the Ample Analytics platform provides everything needed to manage and analyze the immense amount of data captured by Sentient MM3™ sensors when deployed on the distribution grid. Ample can also serve as the data integration platform for SCADA and DMS.

MM3 line sensors feature Sentient Energy’s proprietary waveform analysis technology that captures high-resolution oscillography associated with faults and network events anywhere on the distribution grid and wirelessly transmits key data or the entire waveform, as needed, to the Ample Analytics platform for further analysis. Once this waveform data is collected, catalogued, and analyzed, it is possible to identify an event and its immediate cause -- such as vegetation, lightning, or animal intrusion. It is also possible to identify many underlying conditions that lead to failure, such as deteriorating connections or faulty equipment.

“The Ample Analytics platform is a vital component of our comprehensive Grid Analytics System. Together, Sentient Energy intelligent sensors and Ample Analytics platform hold the key to accurately predicting future grid equipment failures and preventing outages before they occur,” said Sentient Energy CEO, Jim Keener. “We are confident this technology will lead to a significantly more resilient grid and a major reduction in service interruptions.” 

Ample Analytics 3.0 has been deployed by Florida Power & Light (FPL) as part of the utility’s 20,000 MM3 sensor project covering its entire 42,000-mile overhead service territory. This is believed to be the largest distribution grid sensor deployment in the world (see press release). FPL will use Sentient Energy’s Grid Analytics System – MM3 sensors, high-resolution oscillography, and the Ample Analytics platform – to detect minute disturbances on the grid and use this information to isolate faults, detect defective equipment before it fails, and analyze the unique patterns of these events to predict the likelihood of future outages.

Sentient Energy will showcase Ample Analytics 3.0. along with its MM3 intelligent sensors, and high-resolution waveform analysis at “DistribuTECH 2016” – booth #849.

About Sentient Energy, Inc.

Sentient Energy makes power delivery safe, reliable and solar ready. We provide the industry’s only Grid Analytics System that covers the entire distribution network with quickly deployed intelligent sensors and analytics that identify and analyze potential faults and other grid events. We lead the market with the largest mesh network line sensor deployments in North America, and partnerships with leading utility network providers including Silver Spring Networks, Landis + Gyr, and AT&T. For more information, visit www.sentient-energy.com.


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Sentient Energy Intelligent Sensors & Grid Analytics a Hot Topic at DistribuTECH 2016 

Conference tracks to include four Sentient Energy customers that will discuss the deployment of sensors for grid analytics on distribution grid to improve grid reliability 

Burlingame, Calif., January 28, 2016 – Sentient Energy, Inc., a leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics solutions to electric utilities for safe and reliable power delivery, has announced that four of its customers, Florida Power & Light (FPL), Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and Manitoba Hydro will be presenting papers at DistribuTECH 2016 in which they will discuss the deployment of distribution grid sensors and analytics to improve fault detection, reduce the number and duration of service outages, and create a more resilient distribution grid.  

Sentient Energy’s MM3 distribution grid sensors feature the company’s proprietary Waveform analysis technology that captures high-resolution oscillography associated with faults and network events anywhere on the distribution grid and wirelessly transmits key data or the entire waveform, as needed, to its proprietary Ample™ analytics platform for further analysis. This allows utilities to identify potential issues and perform preventative maintenance to avoid outages. In December 2015, Sentient Energy announced a deployment of more than 20,000 MM3 intelligent sensors covering Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) 42,000-mile overhead service area (see cover story in T&D World). 

“It is little wonder that Intelligent sensors and grid analytics are becoming vital components of the Utility Industry’s reliability and public safety initiatives,” explains Michael Bauer, Sentient Energy President and Founder. Although utilities have managed to continually improve restoration speeds, they’ve made less progress on understanding and predicting the underlying causes of events that cause outages. Intelligent sensors and advanced grid analytics, such as our Ample Analytics platform, have the capability to help utilities fix the causes of outages -- not just the symptoms. This leads to significantly improved grid resiliency and reliability.” 

Sentient Energy will showcase its MM3 intelligent sensors, along with the newest release of Ample Analytics with high-resolution waveform analysis at “DistribuTECH 2016” – booth #849. In addition, Sentient Energy is the 2016 Sponsor of the “Distribution Automation” conference track. The following schedule includes just some of the presentations that will contain discussions on Sentient Energy technology: 

Tuesday February 9, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Distribution Automation Session - Sensible Use of Sensors

 “FPL Transitions from Reactive Fault Detection to Predictive Fault Analysis Using Intelligent Sensors with Advanced Oscillography Technology” – Rick Teigland, Florida Power & Light (FPL) 

“Use of Smart Line Sensors in Distribution Planning and Operations” – Corey Senkow, Manitoba Hydro 

“Impedance-Based Fault Location in a Distribution Automation Environment” – Dan Partridge, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

Tuesday February 9, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Communications Solutions Session – Selecting the Correct Communications Approach  

 “PG&E’s Line Sensor Program – Two Years In” – Eric Schoenman, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) 

Thursday February 11, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, Advanced Metering Session – Outage Management: Why do Meters Matter 

“Distribution Remote Fault Indicators at SCE” – Richard Bravo, Southern California Edison (SCE) 

Monday, February 8, 1 :00 PM - 5:00 PM, Utility University 

“Line Sensor Deployment for Distribution Automation: Practical Deployment, Data Collection and Use” – Instructors: Billy Freeman, PG&E; Joe Tavomina and Ryan Wong, TAV Networks; Jeff Tuescher, Dayton Power & Light

 

A Great Way to End One Year and Start the Next

2015 was a tremendous year for Sentient Energy and I’d like to thank our customers and partners for their support. December was highlighted by the shipment of Florida Power & Light Company’s 10,000th MM3™ intelligent line sensor. This shipment is part of a 20,000 unit expansion of FPL’s existing deployment that started in 2013 as part of their Energy Smart Florida modernization program. FPL’s sensor platform, when fully deployed in 2017, will cover every circuit in FPL’s 42,000-mile overhead distribution network. The project is reported to be the world’s largest intelligent sensor project of its kind (See Dec. 8, 2015 press release).

These are not simple fault indicators but are MM3 sensors equipped with Sentient Energy’s Waveform™ high-resolution oscillography technology that identifies faults or other network events anywhere on the distribution grid, and transmits key data or the entire waveform, wirelessly, to Sentient’s Ample™ Analytics platform for identification and analysis. The Waveform data contains the fingerprint or signature for every grid event – permanent, momentary, or transient. Once this waveform data is collected, catalogued, and analyzed, it is possible to identify an event and its immediate cause -- such as vegetation, lightning, or animal intrusion. It is also possible to identify many underlying conditions that lead to failure, like corrosion or faulty equipment.

The Sentient Energy sensor program is a major component of the FPL’s ongoing program to improve grid reliability and resiliency, and to significantly improve the speed of service restoration after outages. FPL also believes, as we do, that a vast sensor network will detect failing equipment, will record intermittent network events and ultimately prove itself as a platform to improve power reliability and quality. We’re very proud that we’re not the only one’s impressed with FPL’s forward-looking project. You can read about FPL’s very progressive views in T&D World’s January, 2016 cover story at http://tdworld.com/january-2016#1.

- John Eason, Vice President, Business Development

 

Sentient Energy Signs Deal with Florida Power & Light to Deliver 20,000 Distribution Line Sensors

Contract will result in world’s largest intelligent sensor deployment, covering entire FPL service territory

December 8, 2015 – Sentient Energy, has announced that it has signed a contract with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to deliver 20,000 Sentient MM3™ intelligent distribution grid sensors. These sensors will help FPL locate outages quicker and get crews to an electric fault location faster to speed restoration for its 4.8 million customers in Florida.

“We are delighted to be part of FPL’s strategy to improve customer reliability and grid safety,” said Sentient Energy CEO, Jim Keener. “For years, FPL has been seen as an innovation leader in the utility industry. We are seeing other utilities looking to benefit from FPL’s best practices.”

The contract also includes Sentient’s Ample™ Analytics Platform, which will allow FPL to capture data related to outages.  Ample Analytics will enable FPL to identify and analyze other power grid disturbances so they can be addressed before an event occurs.

The Sentient MM3 intelligent sensor deployment is a major component of FPL’s reliability improvement strategy. It began in 2013 as part of FPL’s “Energy Smart Florida” program and has grown from a 3,000 unit pilot to include more than 20,000 sensors across FPL’s 42,000 miles of overhead lines. The Sentient Energy contract will result in the largest utility distribution grid line sensor deployment in the world.

 “The goal of our initial pilot was to prove we could identify locations of electrical outages more accurately, helping us respond more quickly and speed restoration for our customers,” said Manny Miranda, senior vice president of power delivery for FPL.  “The Sentient line sensors proved effective during our pilot program. We are excited about a full-scale deployment, and with the new analytics software, we hope to prevent many of these faults from occurring in the first place.”

The new Sentient MM3 sensors are equipped with high-resolution oscillography technology that will allow FPL to detect minute disturbances on the grid and use this information to isolate faults, detect defective equipment before it fails, and analyze the unique patterns of these events to predict the likelihood of future outages. These sensors continuously monitor the grid and immediately send useful data back to the utility for analysis and response. As a result, FPL will build a database of historical data that it will use to analyze, predict, and repair potential faults before they occur. 

“Our strategic partnership with FPL has helped us develop the industry’s most accurate and reliable distribution grid fault detection and analysis system, capable of monitoring the grid at thousands of locations, while using the data it collects to achieve greater reliability at a lower cost, “said Keener. “We believe that in the near future, distribution grid sensors equipped with advanced analytics and communications technology will play a significant role in providing reliable service at many other forward-looking utilities.” 

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