mPrest and New York Power Authority (NYPA) Announce Software to Ensure Reliability of Statewide Critical Power Infrastructure
March 8, 2017
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mPrest, a provider of mission-critical monitoring, control and analytics software for utilities, and the New York Power Authority (NYPA), New York state's largest public power organization, announced the decision to deploy operationally a predictive health analytics application which enhances operational reliability and cost-effectiveness of NYPA's critical assets network.
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 maximize 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.
mPrest's software taps into the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to closely 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 analyzes 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 optimizing their efficiency, avoiding outages, reducing operational costs and supporting reliable power supplies for New Yorkers.
"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."
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.
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.
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