January 2019 –

Two Mobile Substations are on the Way to North America

VRT signed a five year framework agreement for the design and supply of mobile substations with one of North America’s major utilities.
Manufacturing and testing of the first two mobile substations were completed successfully, and the mobile substations are on the way to North America.
The manufacturing of the next two mobile substations has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

December 2018 –

November 2018 –

Mobile Substations to North America

VRT signed a five year framework agreement for the design and supply of mobile substations with one of North America’s major utilities.

Manufacturing of the first two mobile substations has begun, and will be completed by the end of the year.

October 2018 –

125 MVA, 230 kV Autotransformer to Canada 

Another 125 MVA, 239/121 kV autotransformer successfully passed all factory tests and now en route to the customer in Canada. Shipping weight of the transformer is 105 ton.
VRT has been supplying such autransformers since 2007. Almost dozen of them are working in Canada.

VRT Power Ships The Last Nine Units To A Major U.S. Hydroelectric Facility  

The remaining nine units, signifying the completion of this specific project, were shipped to a major U.S. Hydroelectric Facility which is operated by United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). For the past two years, VRT Power has devoted it’s time, energies and a sizeable portion of our production floor towards the completion of this massive project fulfilling complicated specifications of the USACE. This project consists of 20 generator step up transformers, signifies one of the largest single tenders in the U.S. government’s recent history and shows that VRT Power excels in large, complex projects with tight deadlines.

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September 2018 –

Urgent Repair of  Mobile Substation Transformers

VRT Power has 70 years of experience providing innovative solutions to complex transformer requirements to a global client base. VRT Power designs and manufactures mobile substations and power transformers up to 800 MVA.  VRT provides customized solutions according to exacting specifications from our customers around the world, and with our service centers in North America and Israel, provides a wide range of services, including installations, ongoing service and support. Most recently, VTR  team successfully repaired two 25­ year old, 20 MVA 24/­36 kV, mobile substations transformers that have been through dozens of short circuit events. The transformers came to VRT Power factory for urgent repairs, and despite the multiple short circuits that the transformers have experienced, our production team dismantled the transformers down to their component parts, rebuilt them and successfully tested them according to the international testing standard in an amazingly short time. Within a few days of the customer receiving their repaired transformers, the mobile substations were once again operating in the field.

June 2018 – 

Mobile Substations to North America

In 2017, VRT signed a five year framework agreement for the design and supply of mobile substations with one of the major North American utilities. Manufacturing has begun, and the first mobile substations will be delivered to North America by the end of this year. Mobile substations are a turnkey solution for flexible and temporary power restoration and emergency power distribution. VRT Power’s mobile substations can be specified with GIS (Gas Insulated Systems), circuit breakers, arrestors, distribution circuit breakers, air conditioned control cubicles with DC battery sets, chargers, power cable reels and all other specialized equipment.

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March 2018 –

VRT Power is Proud to Announce the Successful Completion of 20 Units for Two Major U.S. Hydroelectric Facilities.

For the past two years, VRT Power has devoted our time, energies and a portion of our production floor into the completion of this massive undertaking to the exacting specifications of the Corps of Army Engineers in the United States and we are pleased to announce its completion. This project signifies one of the largest single tenders in the U.S. government’s recent history and shows that VRT Power excels in large, complex projects with tight deadlines.

All 20 units are generator step up transformers that are owned and operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The units will be installed in The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River in Oregon, and in The Narrows Dam on the Little Missouri River in Arkansas. 

Both Gardner Zemke and the Army Corps of Engineers have made multiple successful plant visits to VRT’s Ramat Hasharon facility throughout the manufacturing and testing processes to assure 100% compliance with their strictest requirements to date. Of course, VRT Power’s transformers passed all inspections and tests with flying colors.

Gardner Zemke is an electrical and mechanical contracting company headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico with significant experience working with U.S. governmental agencies. We are looking forwards towards future projects with them and many other of our power generating customers all over North America.

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February 2018 –

Two 40 MVA 161/22 kV, 66 Tons, Transformers Arrived to Mashabei Sade Photovoltaic Power Station.

VRT Power successfully tested and installed two 40 MVA 161/22 kV, transformers at Mashabei Sade photovoltaic power station, located in Israel’s Negev desert.
This station owned by EDF, the French energy group, and will provide 60 Megawatt of electricity.

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January 2018 –

Four 100 MVA 110/14.2/14.2KV Transformers with extremely low noise ship to North America.

VRT Power successfully tested four, low noise, 100 MVA 110/14.2/14.2 kV transformers for a major North American utility. These transformers will be replacing old 75 MVA units and VRT’s engineers were able to fit these newer, larger transformers to the original 75 MVA footprint. These units are designed to fit different substation layouts and incorporate a flexible cooling system. The first low noise 100 MVA unit is scheduled to be installed in a residential area in the coming weeks.

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December 2017 –

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November 2017 –

A New Cylinder Type Variable Inductance Resonance System (HCRS) was Installed Successfully:

VRT Power recently installed a new Cylinder Type Variable Inductance Resonance System (HCRS) in the High Voltage Laboratory to upgrade its testing facilities. This gives VRT Power the ability to provide an improved level of service and response to existing customer demands by anticipating future requirements as it strives to develop both world class, technically advanced products and also market leading technical support. 

This system is for testing power transformers up to 500 kV for HiPot measurement. The system includes Inductance Resonant Reactor, Voltage Regulator, Coupling Capacitor, Exciter Transformer, Power Noise Filter, HV Filter, Peak Voltmeter as well as Digital Control and Measuring System.

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October 2017 –

VRT Power Ships Multiple Units to Major U.S. Hydroelectric Facility:

This project signifies one of the largest single tenders in the U.S. government’s recent history and shows that VRT Power excels in large, complex projects.

VRT Power recently shipped seven transformers for The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River, two miles from the city of The Dalles in Oregon in the northwest United States. Gardner Zemke awarded VRT Power the contract for a total of 16 units for this project in 2016. These  seven units signify the first shipment; nine additional units are to be delivered in 2018. These first seven units are comprised of: three 63MVA single phase units, three 75MVA single phase units, and one three phase 233MVA unit. All are generator step up units that are owned and operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Both Gardner Zemke and the Army Corps of Engineers have made multiple successful plant visits throughout the manufacturing and testing processes.

VRT Power has now delivered over 30 units to the U.S. government, and this 16-unit project is considered its flagship project. Gardner Zemke is an electrical and mechanical contracting company headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with significant experience working with U.S. governmental agencies. The Dalles Dam, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was completed in 1973, and has a generation capacity of over 2,000 megawatts.

 

 

September 2017 –

Innovation at VRT Power:Transformer Health and Monitoring Service

Transformers are very critical plant assets whose health is crucial to the facility operation. Moreover, transformers units installed at industrial plants are unique and complex in design. Periodic inspections and tests may not suffice in identifying potential developing issues, while oil analysis alone does not cover many failure modes.

To face this challenge, the VRT Transformer Health Monitoring Service
(THMS) offers an innovative approach to performance optimization, predictive analysis and disaster prevention.

 

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August 2017 –

Innovation at VRT Power: Ballistic Protection for Power Transformers

Power transformers are very critical elements in electrical networks. As such they are frequently targeted by snipers.
Evidence from all over the world shows that transformer manufacturers and utilities need to protect their transformers against such malicious attacks.
VRT Power has decided to take an active part in the development and distribution of ballistic protection for power transformers.
Our proprietary ballistic resistance solution involves minimum changes in overall design of “normal” transformers and meets UL 752, level 8/10 requirements.

 

 

July 2017 –

VRT’s Laboratories Update

Big Power Transformers LaboratoryRecently, VRT Power upgraded its testing facilities of High Voltage Laboratory, to provide an improved level of service and response to existing customer demands but also in anticipation of future requirements as it strives to develop both world class technically advanced products and market leading support.
A new Cylinder Type Variable Inductance Resonance System HCRS for testing power transformers up to 550 kV for HiPot measurement is currently being installed at one of our testing bays.
The system includes Inductance Resonant Reactor, Voltage Regulator, Coupling Capacitor, Exciter transformer, Power Noise Filter, HV Filter, Peak Voltmeter as well as Digital Control and Measuring System.

 

Distribution Transformers LaboratoryIn parallel the Testing Laboratory for distribution transformers was rebuild, allowing testing of transformers up to 5 MVA.

 

June 2017 –

Innovation at VRT Power: Geomagnetic Disturbance

VRT Power now provides analytical study of the influence of geomagnetically induced current due to GEOMAGNETIC DISTURBANCE.

In recent years, more and more focus is being placed on the ability of Power Transformers to withstand geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) due to geomagnetic disturbances (GMC).
The IEEE issued the Guide Establishing Power Transformer Capability while under Geomagnetic Disturbances (IEEE Std C57.163-2015).
Recently, VRT Power provided an analytical study of the influence of a direct current induced in windings of 125 MVA, 230/115 kV Autotransformer due to changes in the magnetic field of the Earth (GIC), wherein the simulated effects of GIC were checked successfully in VRT’s HV Laboratory.
VRT Power is also initiating a study on the influence of high altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) caused by a nuclear explosion high up in the Earth’s atmosphere.

 

May 2017 –

Eight Mobile Substations manufactured by VRT Power were connected to the grid by the Israel Electric Corporation in order to strengthen the electricity system during the summer months

The Israel Electric Corporation has connected eight VRT Power (formerly Elco) Mobile Substations to the electricity grid. These Mobile Substations serve as a temporary solution to improve the electricity supply and help to reinforce the electricity system in that area during the summer when the consumption is increased.
VRT Power Mobile Substations are a turnkey solution for flexible and temporary power restoration and emergency power distribution.
VRT Power Mobile Substations can be specified with GIS (Gas Insulated Systems), circuit breakers, arrestors, distribution circuit breakers, air-conditioned control cubicles with DC battery sets, chargers, power cable reels and all other specialized equipment.

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Innovation at VRT Power: Distribution transformer with on-load tap-changers

VRT Power supplies voltage regulating distribution transformers which allows automatic regulation of voltages in medium voltage grids. Such transformers are equipped with ECOTAP VRD on-load tap-changers with highest voltage up to 36 KV.
Main advantages of voltage regulating distribution transformers:
1) stabilize grids with limited short-circuit power
2) allow renewable energy to be integrated into grids without
expensive grid reinforcement
3) increase the operating efficiency of electricity grids
4) stabilize industrial processes
5) help to reduce energy costs in the operating environment
simplify the cost-effective connection of wind farms and solar park in
compliance with the grid code

VRT Power supplies distribution transformers with on-load tap-changers in range up to 6 MVA.

 

 

VTR Power signed a cooperation agreement with Eltas for the exclusive manufacturing and marketing of cast resin transformers in Israel

A new collaboration between VRT Power and Eltes to manufacture and market cast resin transformers in Israel.

Eltas has been manufacturing and marketing high quality cast resin transformers. The company has extensive experience and operates according to international standards (IEEE, IEC, CSA, etc.).

Cast resin transformers can be supply up to 25 MVA, 36 kV. Some of the main areas cast resin transformers installed are: residential / office buildings, hospitals, airports and shopping malls.

For more information please contact:

Mr. Yacov Goldstein
Sales Manager MEA
Phone: +972-52-2750834 / +972-3-5484858
E-mail: Yacov.Goldstein@vrtpower.com / Transformers@vrtpower.com

 

April 2017 –

At VRT Power innovation team led by Mr. Andre Shor, Chief Technology Officer, is working to improve and advance the field of transformers in the world.

There is a major concern about low frequency magnetic fields (ELF) in the vicinity of power transformers inside and outside of transformer rooms. The magnitude of magnetic field density is in direct proportion to the electrical current and opposite to the distance. The required electrical current of consumers is according to the local consumption and the standard distribution voltage – unchangeable data. Thus, to reduce the magnetic field magnitude one needs to move the source of magnetic field away from populated areas.

VRT Power engineers have designed transformers with low magnetic field.
The primary purpose of this special designed transformer is to minimize the magnetic field to which human beings may be exposed by arranging the source of magnetic field as low as possible on the transformer body.
VRT Power has manufactured and installed a number of 630KVA, 22/0.4KV transformers with low magnetic field. The measured magnetic fields were much lower than permitted by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines.

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March 2017 –

Gilboa Pumped Storage Project:

Israel’s first pumped-storage power plant at Gilboa mountain. This project involves complex construction and engineering skills, as it requires the construction of series of tunnels through which water will be pumped to power a turbine placed inside the mountain.

VRT Power delivered two water cooled transformers with the capacity of 180MVA, 163/15.75KV (each), the transformers installed at the heart of the Gilboa mountain.

 

 

 

 

Ashalim Solar Thermal Power Station:

The Ashalim power station, located in Israel’s Negev desert, will provide 121 Megawatt of electricity, which makes it the largest of its kind in Israel and 5th largest in the world.
At this station a photovoltaic (PV) energy is produced by the usage of parabolic trough collectors steam that has the advantage of being able to produce electricity for longer periods of time during the solar hours.  

In this power station, VRT Power delivered and installed a 164MVA, 170/15.75KV unit, and two 27MVA, 15.75/6.6KV units.

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February 2017 –

VRT Power Ltd. is delighted to announce the opening of its North American Service Centre

The VRT Power North American Service Centre now provides a complete range of services including installation, service and warranty support. VRT has opened this facility to provide an improved level of service and support to its existing customer demands but also in anticipation of future requirements as the business continues to rapidly expand its activities both in the U.S. and Canada.
The new facility based in Toronto is led by Greg O’Donnell an experienced Power Transformer Installation and Service Engineer with significant experience working in Canada and the U.S. Greg will be closely supported by VRT’s sales and engineering team in Israel.
For any service or warranty requests in the U.S. and Canada please now contact Greg O’Donnell. Greg can be contacted either by email or telephone:

Greg O’Donnell
Managing Director
VRT Power Services Inc
Email: greg.odonnell@vrtpower.com
Cell: +1 (705) 305 9584

 

January 2017 –

VRT Power has decades of experience developing innovative and bespoke transformer solutions including: Mobile Substations

VRT Mobile Substations are a turnkey solution for flexible and temporary power restoration and emergency power distribution.
Once mainly used for fast power restoration in emergencies, Mobile Substations have found new applications among power generation and transmission companies seeking versatile alternatives when planning new stations, e. g. added power distribution flexibility, and as an interim power supply when performing maintenance on existing stations.

VRT Mobile Substations can be specified with GIS (Gas Insulated Systems), circuit breakers, arrestors, distribution circuit breakers, air-conditioned control cubicles with DC battery sets, chargers, power cable reels and all other specialized equipment. 

VRT Power Transformers:
For the supply of compact wind turbine and photo voltaic transformers solutions, step-up transformers, large power transformers with ratings up to 800 MVA and mobile Sub-stations ‘VRT Power’ should be your first choice. We have over 65 years of experience providing innovative and complex transformer solutions to a global ‘blue-chip’ client base.