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NEETRAC In the News




Word is spreading fast about the good work NEETRAC is doing. Take a look!

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July 21, 2015:

Ladies and Gents:

The day finally arrived! In the attached photo taken yesterday, we are completing the installation of NEETRAC’s new 500,000 Volt Phoenix Reactor with the fitting of a 750,000 Volt  porcelain High Voltage bushing (insulator).  This installation is the only one of its type United States, allowing NEETRAC to perform long term evaluation protocol tests on high voltage underground cable systems. This is an important element of the electric grid modernization activities taking place all across North America. The purchase of this reactor was made possible through cost sharing from the Southwire Company, Georgia Tech NEETRAC and the Georgia Tech office of the EVPR.

Thanks to Ray Hill (NEETRAC Senior Research Technologist), David Harwell (NEETRAC Coordinator), Bryan Davant (NEETRAC Technician) and Thomas Lancaster (NEETRAC Intern) for working hard on one of the hottest days this summer to make this happen.

Sincerely,

Rick  
Rick Hartlein
NEETRAC Director
5351 Kennedy Road
Forest Park, GA 30297
404-675-1870


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July 13, 2015:

Dear colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Nigel Hampton on receiving the Jicable'15 Prize at the 9th International Conference on Insulated Power Cables (also known as Jicable’15), held June 21-25 in Versailles, France. A principal research engineer at the National Electric Energy Testing, Research, and Applications Center (NEETRAC), Nigel received this best paper award for his work entitled “C3.5: Estimating the Impact of VLF Frequency on Effectiveness of VLF Withstand Diagnostics.” His coauthors on the paper are fellow NEETRAC research engineer and ECE Ph.D. graduate Josh Perkel; Vivek Tomer and Marina Kuntsevich of the Dow Chemical Company (a NEETRAC member company); and Jean Carlos Hernandez, an ECE Ph.D. graduate who is now the ECE department chair at the University of Merida in Venezuela and who works with NEETRAC in the summers as a visiting fellow. The prize also recognizes Nigel’s technical leadership, his sharing of knowledge in the field of polymeric cable insulation testing and diagnostics, and his demonstrated enthusiastic approach.

The paper helped to answer a question about the influence of voltage testing frequency on underground cable systems, which has been an important issue for the cable diagnostic testing community. Specifically, the paper addressed a longstanding problem with one of the most popular and effective Cable System Diagnostic methods – the Very Low Frequency (VLF) Withstand or Proof Test – that is deployed around the world. The VLF test uses different test frequencies to perform the Proof Test. However, the efficiency of the different frequencies has not been established. This paper reports laboratory test and evaluations of field tests that show the concerns over the test frequency cannot be verified. Thus, the efficacy of this very widely used test is better assured. Established in 1984, Jicable is the premier quadrennial international cable conference, and the Best Paper Prize has been awarded eight times since then. At the recent conference, there were 360 technical papers and 850 delegates from around the world.

Receiving this award is indicative of NEETRAC’s growing national and international reputation and the Center’s commitment to excellence. Keep up the great work, Nigel!

All the best,

Steve

Steven W. McLaughlin, Ph.D

Steve W. Chaddick School Chair & Professor

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Van Leer Building, Suite 215

777 Atlantic Ave

Atlanta, GA 30332-0250 USA

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July 7, 2015:

Estimating the Impact of VLF Frequency on Effectiveness of VLF Withstand Diagnostics
wins
Jicable'15 award

I want to recognize Nigel, Josh and JC Hernandez for receiving the winning paper prize (see below) presented last week at Jicable’15, the premier quadrennial international cable conference - http://www.jicable.org/2015/objectives.php.  Nigel presented the paper and was the driving force behind the work, which is particularly meaningful in that it was conducted in partnership with one of our members, the Dow Chemical Company.

The Jicable conference has been running since 1984. The best paper prize has been awarded 8 times since 1984.  At the recent conference there were 360 technical papers and 850 delegates from around the world.

This paper was particularly meaningful in that it helps answer a long standing and vexing question about the influence of voltage testing frequency on underground cable systems.  While many of you may not be familiar with this subject, I can assure you that it has been an important issue in the cable diagnostic testing community for quite some time.  

It took a special effort to initiate and coordinate the research and the analysis involved was particularly innovative. As our national and international reputation continues to grow, we should all be proud that research performed by our team was recognized in this manner.

Sincerely,

Rick Hartlein

 

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September 4, 2014:

Surge Protection Devices Committee wins IEEE PES Technical Committee of the Year Award

NEETRAC’s Ray Hill is is an active participant and leader in this IEEE PES Committee.  He is Chair of the SPDC Low Voltage Subcommittee, Low Voltage Standards Coordinator, Chair of Working Group 3.6.9 Low Voltage AC Power System SPDs – Line Side of the Service Equipment, and Vice-Chair of Working Group 3.6.4 Surge Characterization on Low Voltage Circuits

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September 19, 2013:

NEETRAC is heavily featured in the new he new GT Research Horizons article on the Smart Grid.

You can download the complete article here!

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November 29, 2011:

The new and (hopefully) improved NEETRAC web page goes live!

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November 16, 2011

Dear colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Joshua Perkel on being awarded Best Presentation at the Spring 2011 IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee Meeting for his work on “Sensitivity of the Hot Oil Moisture Assessment for PILC Cables to Test Conditions.” The work has great practical impact in that >$10M of cable system infrastructure reinforcements are guided by such tests each year. The results show that significant improvements in efficiency could be made with minimal outlay by electric utilities. This work was part of the collaborative research program supported by the 40 industrial members of the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC).

Josh currently works at NEETRAC, where he is very active in the fields of diagnostic techniques and reliability assessments. He was awarded his doctorate from Georgia Tech in 2009 for work on the effectiveness of diagnostic methods in a project that was supported by NEETRAC members and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Keep up the excellent work, Josh.

Best regards,

Doug Williams

Professor and Interim School Chair

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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November 15, 2011:

Dear colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Miroslav Begovic on being elected as president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES). Effective January 1, 2012, Miroslav will serve two years as president-elect, followed by two years as president and then two years as past president. During his tenure in this role, Miroslav will chair the IEEE PES governing board that directs the financial and administrative activities of the society, which the third largest in the IEEE with over 28,000 members.  

Miroslav has been heavily involved in IEEE PES technical committees for over 20 years, serving as working group chair and a member of numerous working groups in the Power Systems Relaying Committee and as a member and chair of the PES Emerging Technologies Coordinating Committee. He has served the PES in various administrative positions, among them chair of the Atlanta chapter, which is the largest chapter in the U.S.; chair of the Student Activities in Power Engineering Education Committee; secretary of the Meetings Department; chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee of the PES Governing Board; and as the Society's treasurer.

Miroslav's longstanding dedication to power and energy research, education, and professional activities has been and continues to be truly outstanding. I encourage everyone to lend Miroslav your support as he takes on this important leadership role.

Best regards, 

Doug Williams

Professor and Interim School Chair

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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August 22, 2011:

NEETRAC breaks ground on the newest addition to the NEETRAC campus. "Phase 3" will:

    • Double the size of the old Cable Design Aging Building to make a New Medium Voltage Testing Laboratory
    • Add 10 new offices and an Assembly Room

... and that's just the beginning!

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June 17, 2011:

Dear colleagues:

Please join me in congratulating Sakis Meliopoulos on receiving the 2010 International George Montefiore Award. This honor is awarded every five years, and in 2010, the award recognizes fundamental contributions to smart grids or smart electricity networks. The award will be presented at the Montefiore Award Workshop on "Challenges and Opportunities of Electric Energy Systems of the Future," which will take place in Liege, Belgium on September 16.

The award includes a cash prize of 25,000 euros that Sakis will share with award co-recipient Goran Andersson of ETH-Zurich. Sakis will use his monies to finance the Clayton Griffin Student Award, which is presented at the annual Protective Relaying Conference that he coordinates each year, and another student award at the Technical University of Athens, Greece, where he earned his undergraduate degree. Thank you, Sakis, for representing ECE and Georgia Tech in such an outstanding manner.

Best regards

Gary S. May
Professor and Steve W. Chaddick School Chair 
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Georgia Institute of Technology 

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June 1, 2011 - Everyone:

I am pleased to let you know that as of June 1, 2011, Joe Goldenburg will be the official Section Leader for the NEETRAC Mechanical Section.  Since he joined the Mechanical Section in late 2010, he has demonstrated significant technical prowess in the area of mechanical testing and engineering consultation.  He has also demonstrated strong, positive leadership skills.  The staff reporting to Joe will include:

Glenn Barr - Brent Minter - John Forrest -Dylan Robinson

Damion Robinson via Glenn Barr

Johnny Glisson (September 2011)

Pam Thompson-Duke (Tech Temp working on the DOE Connector Project)

Co-ops: Nate Brex & John Smith-Pallisen

Together, Joe and I will serve as joint Program Managers for the Baseline Hardware Projects Focus Area.  I expect that he will fully take over this role by the end of this year. Joe has been increasingly coordinating work in the Mechanical Section, so I expect that the transition to “official” Mechanical Section Leader will be essentially seamless.

I want to thank Joe for his willingness to take over this section.  We all look forward to new, expanded activities in the area of Mechanical Testing, Consultation and Research as Joe works to solidify the scope of this important area of NEETRAC activities.

Sincerely,

Rick Hartlein

Director, Georgia Tech NEETRAC

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May 20, 2011 - Georgia Tech Researchers Unlocking the Mystery of Lightning - Wsbtv.com - Channel 2 Action News Atlanta

NEETRAC's own Ray Hill (and Maxine) are featured in a larger story highlighting Georgia Tech's lightning researdch efforts. For just the video, click here.

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April 8, 2010 - NEETRAC is awarded a Department of Energy (Federal Recovery Stimulus) grant for its project:

Electrical Power Transmission & Distribution Connector Selection & Installation Training - Develop training for line crews and engineers to enhance their skills in connector selection and installation, so that they can design, install, and maintain high reliability next generation networks.

Further details will be posted soon.

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November 13, 2009 - Daily Planet: November 13, 2009 - Discovery Channel (video)

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March 30, 2009 - Self-Cleaning, Low Reflectivity Surface Could Improve PV Cells - Georgia Tech Whistle

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February 4, 2009 - Research Helps Protect Against Lightening Damage - Georgia Tech Research News

Last revised on July 21, 2015