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LumaSense acquisition adds transformer sensors

Aug. 26, 2010
LumaSense Technologies, Santa Clara, Calif., a maker of temperature and gas sensing products, has acquired fiber optic sensing technology from Quebec, Canada-based Opsens Inc. The technology is used to help energy companies identify transformer hot spots ...

LumaSense Technologies, Santa Clara, Calif., a maker of temperature and gas sensing products, has acquired fiber optic sensing technology from Quebec, Canada-based Opsens Inc. The technology is used to help energy companies identify transformer hot spots and perform critical high-voltage equipment temperature monitoring. The deal for Opsens' PowerSens system rounds out LumaSense's fiber optics portfolio designed to help utilities improve power grid reliability involving generation, transmission and distribution assets, the company said.

“As global energy demand increases, transformer and electrical asset reliability is a growing priority,” said Vivek Joshi, LumaSense Technologies' chief executive officer. “Transformer makers and utilities are looking for a wide range of options for improving system reliability across all sizes of transformers, distribution units included. This type of technology truly enables the Smart Grid and allows LumaSense to have a wide range of products to fit all needs and budgets.”