Electrical Substation Technologies

Electricity Today T&D Live Online Forums

September 29, 2021

Live Online Event

Hosted by The Electricity Forum

Forum Sponsors
Critter Guard
MIDEL Americas
WIKA Instruments Ltd
SDT Ultrasound Solutions
I-gard Coporation

The focus of our Electrical Substation Live Online Forum will be substation reliability, security and stability. The changing environment in the energy sector creates a need for substation system operators to be able to robustly evaluate the impact that possible measures have on the dependability of supply of their networks. Electrical substations are is considered an important part of the power grid, and this has gained significant focus for electrical power system planners and operators to improve reliability. Our FREE Live Online Forum is a great way to learn from leading Electrical Substation professionals who are speaking on subjects about current or future technologies for reliable power substations.


45 minutes presentation includes 10 minutes of Q&A.

9:00am - 9:45am

Critter Guard

Critter Guard – Distinctly Different Animal Mitigation
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There seem to be about as many animal guards/deterrents on the market as there are different types of electrical equipment and different animal types. Each size & voltage rating of common components such as bushings, insulators, terminals, bus-bars, transformers, switches, reclosers, etc. require a different type or size of cover or guard. That's a lot to keep track of when specifying an animal mitigation product. This presentation will provide a distinctly different approach, from Critter Guard, that's been extremely successful in preventing animal access while offering a more standardized solution.


9:45am - 10:30am

M&I Materials Ltd

Substation Innovation: Leveraging transformer technology to remove costs and risk
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A technology briefing on eliminating fires risks and costs from electrical substation projects with MIDEL ester liquids.
The presentation compares MIDEL ester-filled transformers with mineral oil counterparts, and explains how to capture costs savings in design. And, what global insurance mutual FM Global has to say about mitigating risk in this way, as well as what the changes mean for insurance risk levels and client premiums. Includes real world case studies.


10:30am - 11:15am

WIKA Group

A New Way to Deal With High Moisture in Your GIS - Welcome to Online SF6 Dehydration
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Pure SF6 is an excellent insulator in electric switchgears, but humidity in the gas decreases its insulating ability and can also result in very harmful decomposition products for humans, machinery, and the environment. New technologies now allow for an alternative to traditional methods, offering the option to drying gas while the equipment remains online.

This presentation looks at a revolutionary process where with little to no downtime or human interaction, gas is extracted from the equipment and dried, while harmful by-products are also removed. The results of several case studies and field tests will be shown, which will cover aspects such as efficiency, safety, environmental aspects and economic impacts.


11:15am - 12:00 pm

SDT Ultrasound Solutions

Ultrasound for Electrical Power Reliability
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Unreliable electric power systems not only cost millions of dollars in downtime and repairs, they have the potential to maim and kill. Reliability leadership must focus on the preservation of both physical and human assets. Because everyone has the right to a safe work environment and to return home unharmed.

Allan is going to talk about how ultrasound helps with electric power reliability. His presentation will cover

  • What is ultrasound?
  • What is PD?
  • What are the consequences when PD is not detected and remediated on time?
  • What are the risks of doing nothing?
  • How ultrasound helps
  • Product demonstration

John Sims

President and Owner,

Critter Guard

John is the president and owner of Critter Guard. He has led and/or managed product development and global sales & operations management teams in energy and process industry for more than 30 years. He holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Mizzou. He resides in the Wichita, KS area.

Anthony Coker

Senior Vice President

MIDEL Americas

Anthony Coker is head of MIDEL operations in the Americas. With more than 30 years' experience in the energy industry, Anthony has a deep understanding of the changing world of energy network operations, working with OEMs, utilities, and service partners to embed the use of ester transformer fluids in the Americas power sector. He is based in MIDEL's Americas HQ in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jinesh Malde

Senior Applications Engineer,

MIDEL Americas

Jinesh Malde is Senior Applications Engineer for MIDEL, providing technical support in the Americas on the use of natural and synthetic esters in transformers. With a long track record in the transformer sector, he is a member of the IEEE Transformers Committee, and also a member of the ASTM Committee for Electrical Insulating Liquid and Gases.

Rafael Derencio

Product Manager/WEGrid

WIKA Group

Rafael Derencio received his degree in Electronic Engineering from Universidade de São Paulo and his Project Management MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
In his career he has focused on Sales and Application Engineering as well as Product Management in the fields of industrial instrumentation, automation and WEGrid Solutions (SF6). Rafael has worked in Brazil and in the US, spending time at site for installations, product support and training.

Allan Rienstra

Director of International Business Development

SDT Ultrasound Solutions

Allan Rienstra is the director of international business development for SDT, the World's Favourite ultrasound company. In Allan Rienstra 30 years career ultrasound is all he's ever done - and after 30 years - Alan imagines it's all he ever will do.

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