Toronto – February 27, 2017 – Three Hydro One employees have been awarded prestigious Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their achievements in research and development (R&D).
Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize power system leaders and innovators who have helped their companies deliver safe, reliable, and affordable and environmentally responsible electricity via the application of R&D in the utility industry.
“Research and development helps Hydro One modernize and find ways to work safer and more efficiently,” said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. “The work of these employees and the other award winners benefits the whole utility industry. We're extremely proud and congratulate them on behalf of everyone at Hydro One."
The following Hydro One employees were honoured with Technology Transfer Awards:
Hassan Hamzeh for field demonstrating a conductor corrosion inspection tool that identified the presence of iron oxides due to corrosion. The field trials were required to understand the operational aspects and limitations of the technology. To satisfy these gaps, Hydro One provided circuits with known issues in a variety of environments. An analysis of the data is providing significant design specification changes to enhance accuracy, reduce risk, and improve system performance.
Mike Tanaskovic for applying EPRI's transmission and substation asset management analytics research to assess the health of in-service assets, better understand failure rates and apply them to develop capital plans, testing, monitoring, and maintenance strategies.
Jigar Patel for streamlining the application of hosting capacity to large groups of distribution systems to help refine methodology and tools. Determining hosting capacity can help a utility understand its potential for reliable integration of distributed energy resources.
“The 2016 Technology Transfer Award winners have taken EPRI R&D to new levels in order to shape a sustainable energy system,” said Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of R&D at EPRI. “Working in a collaborative environment, their advancements benefit their utility and the entire industry because we all have a stake in power system transformation.”
About Hydro One Inc.:
Hydro One Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of Hydro One Limited, Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with more than 1.3 million valued customers, $25 billion in assets and annual revenues of over $6.5 billion. Our team of 5,500 skilled and dedicated employees proudly and safely serves suburban, rural and remote communities across Ontario through our 30,000 circuit km high-voltage transmission and 123,000 circuit km primary distribution networks. Hydro One is committed to the communities we serve, and has been rated as the top utility in Canada for its corporate citizenship, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. We are one of only four utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Energy Company designation from the Canadian Electrical Association. We also provide advanced broadband telecommunications services on a wholesale basis utilizing our extensive fibre optic network. Hydro One Limited’s common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: H). For more information about everything Hydro One, please visit www.HydroOne.com.
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, NC; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.
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