Lucy Electric announces new GridKey partnership with Sentec

Lucy Electric, a leader in medium voltage, secondary power distribution solutions, has acquired the interests of Selex ES in the GridKey partnership with Sentec. Lucy Electric will collaborate with Sentec to develop and market the award-winning low voltage (LV) substation monitoring system.

The deal forms part of Lucy Electric’s strategy to continually expand its capabilities in distribution network automation to meet the industry’s changing needs and extends the company’s automation product offering to take in low voltage network monitoring.

Additionally Lucy Electric’s significant presence in the Middle East and Asia will ensure that GridKey clients in these regions have direct access to local expertise and support. There will be no changes to the GridKey team following the announcement.

The GridKey system provides continuous remote monitoring of substations, as well as timely warnings, status and loading information, allowing Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) to significantly increase knowledge of the state of their LV grid. As a result DNOs can better protect assets, diagnose and solve problems more quickly and reduce capital and operational costs through early warning of potential problems, such as phase imbalances.

Lucy Electric’s CEO, John Griffiths, said:

The GridKey system has been recognised as one of the best low voltage monitoring systems in the market place and will provide an excellent complement to our extensive range of secondary distribution automation products and services. Our experienced engineers work at the cutting-edge of the design and implementation of network automation projects from concept to deployment and will now be able to extend our support to monitoring and management of networks at a low voltage level.

GridKey Business Manager for Sentec, Mark England, said:

Lucy Electric is a great partner for us on GridKey, providing world class expertise in automation projects with the geographic reach and on the ground support for our customers in key regions.