Transco opens Siemens Sensformer smart transformer in Abu Dhabi

Power transformer launched at Transco's Al Foah 220/33kV substation to use data it generates to improve performance

Siemens has joined Transco for Sensformer.
Siemens has joined Transco for Sensformer.

Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (Transco) — a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation— and Germany-headquartered Siemens announced at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi that they had jointly activated a newly installed connected power transformer, named Siemens Sensformer, at Transco’s Al Foah 220/33-kilovolt substation, marking the first time the technology has been used in the UAE, with the installation part of a pilot project that will use the data it generates to improve performance of the substation.

According to officials from both sides, the Sensformer is said to act as information hubs, and is equipped with a connectivity feature that transmits a defined set of data to a cloud-based platform app, visualising the collected information and providing realtime updates on the status and performance of assets.

Grids linked to Sensformer have access to real-time measurements of oil levels, top oil temperature, low-voltage winding, and the GPS locations of transformers.

Commenting on the launch, Transco’s managing director, Bruce Stedall, said: “The installation and activation of this smart transformer is part and parcel of the digital transformation journey we launched under the umbrella of our vision to be one of the top quartile utilities in the world by 2024.”

Siemens’s senior vice president for transmission products in the Middle East, Rafiq Hussain, added according to UAE state news agency, Wam: “With this deployment, Transco and Siemens will have the needed information to start the digital journey in transmission products and pave the way for the internet of energy.”

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