Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 Product of the Year Finalists
Read about the 5 finalists in the Electrical Distribution category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 Product of the Year program.
Solar combiner box
The Crouse-Hinds series 1,500-Vdc solar combiner box, with and without integral dc-disconnect switches, is built to minimize system costs by providing maximum flexibility. By designing the combiner box specifically for 1,500-Vdc systems, this solution helps facilitate longer strings, fewer connection points, reduced labor, and lower installation costs. The combiner box is available with up to 36 input circuits and a 15-amp fuse size to help save material costs, installation time, and labor. Additionally, the combiner box is configurable with NEMA 4X, 4, and 3R enclosures for robust environmental protection. Further customized options are available to meet specific application requirements.
The LKT…Type DD603-phase dry-type capacitor is safer and stronger for solving power factor and harmonic filtering applications where high harmonics can destroy traditional capacitors. The Type DD60 ac power capacitor employs four degrees of safety plus patented design features that improve the reliability of capacitors in harsh environments. Contact to the internal windings is made by a patented, nonsoldered contact ring to eliminate winding stress due to soldering. Self-healing film quickly isolates areas of dielectric breakdown in the winding when exposed to dangerous transient voltages. The segmented film completely removes a tiny section of film to prevent catastrophic failures due to severe transient voltages.
Frako Capacitor, www.frako.com
Outdoor charging station
The Outdoor Charging Station provides permanent power that allows individuals to charge mobile devices outdoors. Offered in three models and standard finishes—black, bronze, and silver—each station includes a combination of two or three gangs of power devices including USB charging, but also be used for audio/video or communications connectivity. The charging station with accent light includes a small LED locator light to enable device charging during the day and after dark. The station stands out from traditional bollards by virtue of the accent light, which clearly indicates “charging.” They are NEMA 3R-rated for use in all weather conditions.
Outdoor ground box
The Outdoor Ground Box provides 20-amp, 30-amp, and low-voltage electrical connections that can be installed on college campuses, in commercial outdoor office spaces, and at outdoor retail shopping centers, amusement parks, sports venues, and other exterior gathering spaces. The box uses a “diving bell” design to create and maintain an air pocket that protects the electrical connections from getting wet in adverse weather conditions. To sustain a safe working product, there are holes on the bottom of the box that allows the water to drain into the ground. It also has anti-float clips to prevent the cover from lifting up and keeps the protective air pocket intact.
Premset incorporates a Shield Solid Insulation System (2SIS) to enhance robustness, protection, and flexibility of medium-voltage switchgear. The 2SIS system encases every current-carrying conductor in dielectric epoxy and shields that epoxy with a grounded conductor to offer unprecedented safety, efficiency, and ease of use. Premset minimizes the risk of internal arc flash and prevents phase-to-phase faults by ground-shielding each individual phase. The circuit breaker and isolation switch are positive-indicated and interlocked to prevent access to live compartments. Maintenance is reduced due to better environmental protection for the current-carrying portions and complete encasement of the circuit breaker and isolation switch.
Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us