Two NYPA Employees Receive Award for Energy-Technology Project

Connie Cullen

April 16, 2002


WHITE PLAINS—Two 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 NYPA’s 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 Pataki’s leadership, the Power Authority is committed to being in the forefront of energy-technology developments," said Eugene W. Zeltmann, NYPA’s 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, EPRI’s 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 HydroTrac™’s 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 generator’s 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 nation’s 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.