Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Feb 24, 2020

EIN Petersen Legend 400By Blake Marchand

Legend Power Systems is an innovative Canadian company headquartered out of Vancouver, B.C. Their flagship product, SmartGATE, is a power management solution that analyses and auto-corrects building power challenges while improving energy efficiency. Electrical Industry News Week was able to catch up with Legend Power’s lead engineer, Mark Petersen, to gain some further insight into the product.

Petersen is a professional engineer with 20 years of experience in power conversion, developing technologies, and leading engineering teams. He has been instrumental in the ongoing development of Legend Power Systems’ solution offerings. Petersen is also an active member of the broader industry as a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and AEE (Associations of Energy Engineers).

Petersen has been with Legend Power Systems for over 10 years. Throughout his career, he has focused on developing innovative products and bringing them to market.

The SmartGATE is designed to regulate the voltage coming from the grid within an optimal range for a particular facility’s equipment as the grid’s regular operating conditions fluctuate. In November of last year, Legend Power introduced SmartGATE Insights™, which is built into new SmartGATE systems and is also available as a stand-alone device. Insights collects and analyses power quality data, providing a Power Quality Index – essentially giving end-users a ‘diagnosis’ of their facility’s power quality health. Overall, the system can potentially reduce power consumption and cost by 8%. Another key feature is providing a layer of protection as the grid transitions to support the growing demands of smart buildings and the future of electrification.

In the interview below, Mr. Petersen goes more in depth into how SmartGATE works and the benefits it can provide. 

EIN SmartGATE 400Can you touch on how SmartGATE addresses phase unbalance? How does it manage voltage sags?

The SmartGATE is a three-phase system but regulates the voltage on a single-phase basis. With this capability, it is possible to significantly improve the balance of the phases. Sags and swells are managed in a similar way, with a high-speed control loop that allows the system to rapidly react to changing power quality conditions in the facility.

Similarly, if a facility experiences a power surge on the load side, how does SmartGATE mitigate damage to facility equipment?

The SmartGATE is installed at the service entrance for single-service facilities or in multiple large distribution panels in large, or very large facilities with multiple services. The system cannot directly prevent a load-side disturbance at a piece of equipment, but it will mitigate the effect as it propagates back to the point of installation, and will help to prevent it from spreading to other circuits that feed from the SmartGATE system.

Is there an industrial application to SmartGATE?

Absolutely, yes. A SmartGATE installation can be very compelling in an industrial setting. Traditionally, industrial applications have been served by existing and mostly discrete power quality systems. When cost is not an object (due to the very high cost impact of impacting production), these systems have done well. The key innovation with SmartGATE is that we have taken this concept into a single product and made it cost-effective for the residential and commercial sectors, which have not been addressed in the past for either energy savings or power quality.

IMG 2575 with logos 1 1024x768What about SmartGATE Insights™? Is the data collected automatically applied to optimize the system? Or is it more for the end user to better understand energy consumption/system performance?

Legend Power Systems uses a two-part, data-driven process. First, we diagnose the problems with the SmartGATE Insights™ system; then, after a 90-day period of data collection and analysis, we propose solutions with SmartGATE systems, where appropriate.

This data-driven approach utilizes the customer’s data and Legend’s vast experience in this space to make better decisions for their building’s electrical environment and to see where and how effectively their energy is being used.

Once a SmartGATE system is installed, they can continue to have the same visibility – plus the experience of having the power quality protection and energy savings of SmartGATE, along with ongoing detailed reporting on the savings and protection the system provides in real time.

How does it make sense from an ROI perspective? 

The SmartGATE is able to provide significant value by improving power quality, reducing energy usage, and providing key operational data and metrics. Customers put their own value on the peace of mind that comes from having a unique power management platform that “reshapes” the power they’re sent into the power they need.

What’s next for SmartGATE?

The SmartGATE is continuing to evolve. A building with SmartGATE installed at the service entrance has a distinct advantage compared to a regular building. A SmartGATE building can actively reduce their risk and waste exposure from the grid today. In the future, the SmartGATE platform will allow easy tie-in to local renewable resources, backup power and electric vehicle infrastructure. Having an advanced smart connection at the service entrance facilitates any of these, both from a tie-in and technical perspective.

Anything else you would like to add?

Everyone in the “buildings” space today – whether a building owner/manager, ESCO or service provider – deals with a lot of uncertainty (climate-driven resilience issues, utility rates, electrification, government policy change, emissions compliance and changing customer attitudes). The SmartGATE platform can’t stop change from happening, but it can ensure that those responsible for buildings are as 'future-ready' as possible.

How to select the Best Protection against Surge



Schneider ElectricEvery household requires Surge Protection Devices to protect plug strips and all-important household appliances, from higher-level surge.

Join us on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 1:00PM ET, to find out how Surge Protection Devices can prevent damage to important household appliances by suppressing the surge, and how to select the right one!

Login/Register to your Electrician Portal for this free 30-minute webinar. Access to more learning sessions also available.  Login/Register Now

Changing Scene

  • Prev
ESA’s response team has been working diligently to address the emerging issues. We are moving into ...
Littelfuse invites plant engineers, facility managers, and maintenance professionals to join its ...
This recall involves Legrand / Pass & Seymour commercial-grade tamper resistant duplex ...
In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, IDEAL Canada was looking for ways to contribute to the ...
Join Nexans for a free webinar as Isaac Müller, Applications Engineer for Nexans discusses this ...
IDEAL INDUSTRIES has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the original ...
The Regional Electrical Inspector performs physical inspections on all types of electrical ...
The Alberta Electrical Alliance (AEA) released a video message from their Provincial Board of ...
A new white paper published by Mohawk College’s Energy and Power Innovation Centre explains how ...
With the COVID-19 crisis underway, EFC is working diligently to provide current electrical ...

EIN Rittal webinar 400Rittal is putting on a free webinar for their Canadian customers discussing how IoT enabled climate control solutions can help reduce energy costs by 75%. 

Time & Date: Tuesday, May 12 at 2PM EDT

Go HERE to register

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OntarioThe Ontario government has introduced grant funding for apprentices to purchase tools, protective equipment and clothing for their trade, along with forgiving previous loans to purchase tools. Which will be available later this year. The announcement also included support for laid off and unemployed hospitality workers.

The announcement was made by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Read More

 

 

Latest Articles

  • Prev
Many organizations are at risk of continued interruption to operations due to coronavirus and ...
It is very scary to realize that our entire world has changed so drastically with the COVID-19 ...
My feet were cold. In my haste to run out the door that night when the pager chirped and ...
It's a nearly 2,100-mile drive from his home in Newfoundland to the jobsite in western ...
As the spread of COVID-19 rapidly increases around the world, companies are beginning to prepare ...
With their new REEL-X fish tape line, Greenlee aimed to alleviate the aggravation and wasted energy ...
I once took a class where the professor would explain concepts in two ways. First, he would dive ...
A broadening of the role of luminaires and a continued focus on people and energy efficiency are ...
We are in an Age of Disruption. Extant and emerging technologies are driving significant evolution ...
Often, code users encounter situations where they find themselves at odds with the rules contained ...

Worker RiskMany of us take risks in their daily lives, such as using our cell phone while driving or exceeding the speed limits, while fortunately avoiding any potential injury and damage. We are rewarded by a certain convenience when we take risks, such as apparent time savings as well as the tacit approval of observers who do not oppose our risky behaviour.

To reduce injuries in the workplace, we must all recognize that we are accepting certain risks on a daily basis and acknowledge the factors influencing risk tolerance.

Read More

 

 

 

 

Sean SilveyBy Sean Silvey

More than 70% of workers believe there is an opportunity for more electrical safety training in the workplace, according to a January 2020 Fluke survey of 162 electrical workers. Three reasons why electricians may feel they don't get enough safety training for their jobs are because effective programs take a lot of time to set up, employees are often not engaged in the training or safety meeting, and safety isn’t talked about in a way that builds toward a strong safety program. Here’s what you can do to create a stronger training program.

Read More

 

Product News

  • Prev
In 2020, Louis Poulsen and BIG Ideas present a comprehensive new lamp series, Keglen, especially ...
Architectural sound absorbing 100% Merino Wool Felt. Made from carbonized wool treated with ...
Universal Lighting Technologies recently introduced 180W PWX LED drivers. These drivers are ideal ...
Venture Lighting International has partnered with Synapse Wireless to enhance the capabilities of ...
In its aim to develop high-performance, long-lasting, and robust lighting solutions, LUBO Lighting, ...
The highly-efficient Juno® UPLD swivel LED undercabinet in 9, 14, 22 and 30” lengths have an easily ...
Lumenpulse has launched the Lumenblade family: a collection of contemporary classic rectilinear ...
The Lithonia Lighting FML4W is a new wide housing LED Wraparound. While suitable for new ...
Douglas Lighting Controls, a member of the Panasonic family of companies, recently introduced the ...
Arlington's new low profile 5x8" TV Box™ features a steel back box for use with MC, AC and flexible ...

 

Louis Poulsen Lamp SeriesIn 2020, Louis Poulsen and BIG Ideas present a comprehensive new lamp series, Keglen, especially characterised by its distinctive design as well as classic superior lighting quality.

The key pieces in the Keglen series are four pendants (Ø175), (Ø250), (Ø400) and (Ø650) that each provide their very own diffusion of light using a curved glass insert, which is built into and adapted to each version of the shade.

The main feature of the lamp is the organic shaped glass that sits perfectly beneath the cone as a small water droplet shaped by physics and cohesive forces in nature, says Jakob Lange, Partner, BIG Ideas.

 

Read More

Universal Lighting EVERLINE PWX LED DriversUniversal Lighting Technologies recently introduced 180W PWX LED drivers. These drivers are ideal for outdoor luminaire applications, such as street, roadway and site area lighting, as well as, indoor highbays using non-Class 2 drivers.

“As the outdoor and industrial lighting segments continues to expand, Universal is focused on providing solutions that help our customers capture more market opportunities by increasing controllable options,” said Kevin Boyce Director of Product Management for Universal. “The PWX drivers are available with 12Vdc or 24Vdc auxiliary power for lighting applications with on-board sensors or radios.”

Read More

 


HazmastersHazmasters was founded with a dedication and focus on creating safer work environments. It is distributor of safety products servicing customers in the industrial, construction, commercial, institution, and government markets.

The company supplies safety products, conduct safety inspections and tests, as well as service and repair safety products it. A company that educates and trains. A company that delivers every aspect of workplace safety to the employer and follows up to make those solutions easy to implement and sustain.

 

Read More

 

 

Copper $US Dollar price per pound

Kerrwil Publications Great Place to Work. Certified December 2019 - December 2020

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2020 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil