MRO Magazine

Siemens Westinghouse takes delivery of power conversion system for Ontario solid-fuel project

Toronto, ON -- Sept. 12, 2001 -- The Power Systems Canada unit of SatCon Technology Corporation of Cambridge, Mass.


September 12, 2001
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Sept. 12, 2001 — The Power Systems Canada unit of SatCon Technology Corporation of Cambridge, Mass., which produces power and energy management products, has shipped a 250-kW power conversion system to Siemens Westinghouse for use in Siemens’ Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC). The SOFC is for use in the stationary distributed power generation market.

The Siemens SOFC and SatCon’s power conditioning system will be combined with a gas turbine to provide high efficiency energy at extremely low emission levels. The system will generate both electrical power and heat and is sized for applications in commercial buildings and industrial complexes.

The SOFC project is a venture between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Siemens Westinghouse, the provider of the SOFC technology, and is being undertaken by Toronto-based Kinectrics, a business unit of OPG.

The development of specific advanced controls and power conversion equipment for the SOFC applications was partially funded by the National Research Council of Canada under the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).


SatCon also received an order from Siemens Westinghouse for two additional systems to be delivered by the end of 2001.

“Today’s businesses have a need for “always-on” electrical power that just can’t be delivered by the current electric utility grid and, like SatCon, Siemens is recognizing this need and offering solutions that provide more reliable and environmentally friendly electric power,” said David Eisenhaure, SatCon’s president and chief executive officer. “We are continuing to make important strides in commercializing our technology into power conditioning and power conversion products to meet the growing demand for highly reliable electrical power.”

SatCon’s Digital Power products include its PowerGate and MegaVerter power converters, GridLink utility interface, StarSine 250 kW and 2.0 MW MegaPower UPS systems and Inverpower power electronics and power quality systems. SatCon’s systems range in applications up to 100 MW in power. Its products also include high-efficiency motors for industrial automation, radio frequency wireless communications devices and power chip components.

Kinectrics, formerly Ontario Power Technologies, is an independent company with over 85 years of experience solving the technical challenges of Ontario Hydro.