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Voltage Regulators
Robust Maintenance Free Solutions

GE offers cost effective, robust solutions to regulate voltage on the network without comprising quality and reliability, providing a total cost of ownership that is nearly 20% better than other competing products.

GE is one of the first to incorporate measured reverse power flow capability to the voltage regulator, providing precise synchronous operation of the tap changer and control during normal and reverse power flow which is critical for distribution circuits where distributed generation is present.

GE will be hosting Voltage Regulator Training in Shreveport, Louisiana from February 28 – March 2, and August 15-17. The training will cover a wide range of topics and complies with the State Engineering Board's requirements for 12 hours of continued education credits. Click here to register. For details on transportation and lodging, meals and the agenda, click here.

Differentiators
Applications
Fast Cycle
Pole Mounted
Substation
Solutions

Differentiated Value

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The voltage on modern distribution circuits is becoming increasing difficult to manage. New distributed energy resources, such as solar, combined with the growth of sophisticated loads creates voltage challenges on distribution network systems. GE's robust and reliable Voltage Regulators help to address these challenges.

Low Cost of Ownership

  • 20 years maintenance free operation
  • Only voltage regulator on the market that does not come with a required maintenance program
  • Best in class Load Tap Changer (LTC) switch, with proven 2 million mechanical operations
  • Superior internal arrester provides less stress to the coil under lightning/impulse surge events

Standards Compliant

  • Fully complies with ANSI requirements and IEEE standards
  • Design validated by KEMA to adhere to the latest IEEE C57.15-2009 standards
  • Fast Cycle voltage regulator clamp type terminals, remote mount controller and 3 operating taps comply to IEEE requirements
  • Traditional pole-mounted units designed to meet the full ANSI rating (40x rated current)
  • Heavy duty lifting lugs on cover and tank

Flexible Design

  • Standardized plug and play design provides flexibility to integrate multiple controllers
  • Compatible with multiple state of the art, microprocessor programmable controls
  • One cabinet fits most standard control modules
  • Newly designed control cabinet configurable for most control / communication options; meets NEMA 3R/4 and UL50 requirements
  • Forward and reverse power flow measurements for proper volt/var management

Applications

GE's family of voltage regulator products, along with their dedicated controllers, supports both substation and pole-mounted applications as illustrated below.

GE's Voltage Regulation Applications

Fast Cycle Voltage Regulator

GE's fast cycle voltage regulator

GE's Fast Cycle Voltage Regulator (VR-FC) is a new edition to GE's portfolio of pole-mounted voltage regulators and is based on the most popular utility configurations. The VR-FC is manufactured with a standard design, providing an optimized feature set, with short-cycle lead times at a competitive based price point.

Key Benefits of the VR-FC:

  • Design efficiency requires less cooling panels, resulting in a smaller footprint and reduced radiation
  • Sealed position indicator design eliminates complicated fittings which reduces the risk of leaks and water entry
  • Single Molex quick connect harness to easily interface to most controller options
  • Heavy duty lugs both on the cover and tank
  • Multiple grounding provisions under the source, load and source load bushings

Pole Mounted Voltage Regulator

GE's pole mounted voltage regulator

The Pole-mount/platform mount Voltage Regulator (VR-PM) is GE's premium product for voltage control outside the substation and has established the benchmark in the industry for robust design and operational reliability. It is the only voltage regulator on the market that is guaranteed to support 2 million switch operations and adheres to the latest IEEE C57.15-2009 and C57.131 standards of 40x rated short circuit current.

Key Benefits of the VR-PM:

  • Best in class Load Tap Changer (LTC) switch life, with up to 2 million operations for up to 20 years of maintenance free usage
  • Superior internal arrester provides optimum surge protection against abnormal voltage surges
  • Adheres to the latest IEEE.C57.15-2009 Standards (40x rated current)
  • Newly designed control cabinet configurable for most control and communications options; meets NEMA 3R and UL50 requirements and testing
  • Seismic certified and can be installed in most applications around the world
  • Rural Utilities Service (RUS) certified
  • Forward and reverse power flow measurements for volt/var management on distributed generation feeders

Substation Voltage Regulator

GE's substation voltage regulator

GE's Substation Voltage Regulator (VR-SS) is a single phase voltage regulator that is intended to support this type of application within a substation. The advantages of single phase units are twofold; they provide the ability to manage each phase independently in the event of unbalanced loads, and they provide redundancy when compared to an individual 3-phase unit.

Key Benefits of the VR-SS:

  • One of the lowest total costs of ownership when compared to other single phase or 3-phase voltage regulators
  • Best in class Load Tap Changer (LTC) switch life, with up to 2 million operations for up to 20 years of maintenance free usage
  • Superior internal arrester provides optimum surge protection against abnormal voltage surges
  • Adheres to the latest IEEE C57.15-2009 standards (40x rated current)
  • Newly designed control cabinet configurable for most major control and communications options; meets NEMA 3R/4 and UL50 requirements and testing
  • Seismic certified and can be installed in most applications around the world
  • Forward and reverse power flow measurements for volt/var management on distributed generation feeders

GE's Voltage Regulation Solutions

GE's Voltage Regulation solutions integrate seamlessly into utility optimization and control strategies for voltage regulation, and is comprised of the following components:

  • Substation voltage regulator with integrated DGC-V controller
  • Pole-mounted voltage regulators with integrated DGC-V controller
  • Pole-mounted capacitor banks with integrated DGC-C controller
  • Integrated line monitoring devices
  • Metering for end of line voltage measurements
  • Integrated communications
GE's portfolio of volt-var control solutions