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Briefly Noted

Issue 2 and Volume 106.

Caterpillar and FuelCell Energy will distribute fuel cell products for industrial and commercial use. Caterpillar will distribute FuelCell Energy products through selected Caterpillar dealers in the U.S. The companies will provide fuel cell energy to distributed power generation markets – particularly in California and the Northeast.

S&C Electric Company has purchased the power quality business operation of Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution. The operation, located in Orlando, Florida, designs and manufactures dynamic voltage restorers that keep voltages stable by continually monitoring and compensating for sags and swells. The operation will be integrated into S&C’s Power Electronics Division, which is responsible for the PureWave family of power-electronic switching systems. The PureWave product line includes the PureWave Source-Transfer System and PureWave UPS System.

Generac Power Systems has received the Product Line Strategy Award from Frost & Sullivan for its array of power generation products. The strategic marketing firm said the award was presented because the Generac line demonstrates the most insight into customer needs and product demands, and has fulfilled that demand in the marketplace. Generac recently announced a utility paralleling capability that is now being offered as an alternative configuration of the company’s modular power system introduced as a standby power product last year.

Electrotek Concepts has received a contract from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to study the feasibility of aggregation and dispatch of customer or third-party owned on-site generation installed primarily for back-up power. The contract relies on the expertise demonstrated by Electrotek on recent projects, including the development of monitoring, control, and communication technologies to implement DG aggregation and dispatch for New York State’s ISO. Electrotek has aggregated more than 25 MW of backup generation using its web-based Signature System technology.