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Powerstar, UK manufacturer of leading-edge smart energy solutions, has announced a new partnership with Thorne & Derrick International to help bolster its smart transformers offering for energy conscious businesses, allowing them to improve their existing high voltage (HV) infrastructures, maximise efficiencies and reduce electricity consumption and costs with a solution that enables real-time asset monitoring to assess performance and operation.

As one of the largest specialist distributors and worldwide exporters of electrical, process, and instrumentation equipment for industrial and hazardous areas, Thorne & Derrick distribute in excess of 100,000 products from over 100 manufacturers globally.

The partnership will facilitate knowledge sharing between the two companies and enable them to collaboratively promote the range of fit-for-purpose solutions and services available to I&C customers, such as Powerstar SO-LO, a super low loss amorphous core smart transformer with remote monitoring capabilities.

Ideal for a wide range of organisations in both the private and public sector, including manufacturing, petrochemical, telecoms, retail, healthcare and leisure, Powerstar SO-LO provides a cost-effective way to reduce energy costs by maximising efficiencies on the HV side with a super low loss amorphous core. Additionally, the remote monitoring functionality, which brings distribution transformers in line with the modern expectations of connected technology, allows constant monitoring of the asset’s performance, helping to avoid critical errors and avoid operational downtime. This can be particularly beneficial for businesses who own or operate solar (PV) where any downtime can have costly ramifications.

The collaboration will be underpinned by the exemplary customer service offered by both companies to support and inform organisations on how they can further improve their HV infrastructure through customised recommendations such as the implementation of smart transformers, and other complementary services, as well as technologies, that are ‘Industry 4.0’* ready.

Dr. Alex Mardapittas, Chief Executive Officer at Powerstar, commented: “We are proud to partner with the renowned HV specialist Thorne & Derrick. The partnership will heighten the visibility of smart transformers and enable a wide variety of organisations to learn how they can modernise their HV infrastructure.”

Chris Dodds, Sales and Marketing Manager at Thorne & Derrick, added: “Powerstar SO-LO transformers are UK manufactured, online, smart technology transformers with amorphous core and integrated remote monitoring capabilities – with reduced core losses by up to 75% when compared to traditional CRGO transformers. This range of LV/11kV transformers improve and inform scheduled maintenance and minimise outage risks associated with grid supply voltage.

“Thorne & Derrick look forward to developing existing relationships and presenting the full portfolio of Powerstar transformers up to 11kV to new clients.”

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