Two NYPA Employees Receive
Award for Energy-Technology Project
April 16, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINSTwo New York Power Authority (NYPA) employees have been honored for
their leadership in the development of HydroTrac, a pioneering device created under
the auspices of EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) for detecting problems in
hydroelectric power generators.
Shalom Zelingher of Hartsdale and Misak Krikorian of Little Neck, director and senior
engineer, respectively, in NYPAs Research and Technology Development unit, received
a 2001 Technology Transfer Award from EPRI for their work on the project, which enables
the Power Authority to more effectively serve its customers.
"Under Governor George Patakis leadership, the Power Authority is committed
to being in the forefront of energy-technology developments," said Eugene W.
Zeltmann, NYPAs president and chief operating officer. "We commend Shalom and
Misak for their accomplishments and encourage all our employees to be actively involved in
industry advancements so we can better help meet the present and future energy needs of
the people of New York State."
"In a time of rapid change, technology becomes a critical factor in the success of
any company," said Hank Courtright, EPRIs vice president, power generation and
distributed resources, who announced the awards at an EPRI meeting last month in San
Antonio, Texas. "The enhanced capabilities fostered by these dedicated individuals
will help their organization provide greater value and compete more effectively in the
restructured energy business environment."
The Power Authority played a significant role, along with EPRI and Iris Power
Engineering of Etobicoke, Ontario, in HydroTracs evolution, from creating the
concept using advances in digital technology to developing and testing the prototype and
the commercial product that is now available through Iris Power.
HydroTrac is a continuous monitoring system for partial discharge (tiny electric
sparks occurring in wiring insulation) in hydrogenerators to detect the onset of equipment
failure problems. This technology has revolutionized this process by providing continuous
information on the generators condition to help avoid costly failures while a plant
is running and allow plant personnel to plan corrective action based on actual conditions
instead of scheduled maintenance.
The HydroTrac prototype was field tested at Power Authority facilities over the
last two years. NYPA is now implementing HydroTrac at its hydro projects, and it is
being instituted by other utilities, in the United States and internationally.
The New York Power Authority is the nations largest state-owned electric utility.
The Power Authority owns and operates 21 generating facilities at 17 locations across New
York State, with a total capacity of over 5.6 million kilowatts. It also owns and operates
over 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines in various parts of the state. The Power
Authority is a national leader in advancing energy efficiency and the development of clean
energy technologies and electric vehicles.
EPRI, established in 1973, manages science and technology projects for the energy and
energy services industry worldwide.