Pacific Volt Launches Intelligent Voltage Regulator in the UK

Seattle, December 1, 2017/newswire/-- Pacific Volt, a Seattle-based provider of intelligent voltage regulators for low voltage networks, will launch a version of its new LVR-30 on December 6, 2017 in the UK.   The product will be exhibited at the Low Carbon Network Innovation (LCNI) event in Telford in partnership with Fundamentals Ltd, the UK’s leading experts in grid voltage control (  Pacific Volt’s CTO Greg Wiegand will be on hand supporting the UK launch.  The LVR-30 is already available in Australia and will launch in North America in 2018.

Pacific Volt has also announced that it is working to conclude a distribution, support and technical cooperation agreement with Fundamentals early in 2018.

Distribution Network Operators face new challenges as distributed solar and wind generation subject their networks to rapid, unpredictable changes in supply. At the same time, smart meters are revealing voltage variations at the point of delivery to individual customers, rather than at the substation. These challenges are sometimes best met on secondary lines where they occur, and the LVR-30 is an immediate, cost-effective solution.  Each highly efficient LVR-30 corrects voltage amplitude and greatly reduces flicker.  The units can be installed to operate independently, or tied to data or control systems.  LVR-30s strategically located on a secondary network permit the operator to maintain voltage compliance to each customer along the line without raising voltage at the substation to achieve it.  With sub-cycle regulation speed, LVR-30s can immediately improve the performance of today’s networks, helping DNOs respond to ongoing rapid changes in how and where electrical power is produced and consumed.

Pacific Volts' CEO Wolfgang Struss noted: “Our single-purpose design requires fewer parts, which reduces the weight, size, and cost to manufacture, deploy, and maintain our products.  Our utility customers prefer durability over complexity and lower costs over bundled features that may not be needed.  The LVR-30 is rugged and built to last a long time with little or no oversight. It doesn’t require an internet connection, so security can be tight today without sacrificing the flexibility to adapt to smart grid data and control networks in the future.”

Fundamentals Ltd Managing Director Jon Hiscock explained: “There is a natural synergy between our substation- based Automatic Voltage Control technology, dynamically managing Transformer Tap Changers, and that of Pacific Volt’s intelligent control technology that address the problem out in the network at the Low Voltage Distribution level.  Our company philosophies are perfectly aligned so we see great benefits in this relationship”.

Pacific Volt CTO Greg Wiegand pointed out the benefits of the LVR-30’s core technology: “Series voltage regulation efficiently produces consistent, stable results which do not depend on the x/r ratio of the circuit, or the reactance of the load. Series regulation is up to ten times more efficient than shunt regulators (VAR control), depending on the circuit reactance.”


Pacific Volt provides intelligent voltage regulators to utilities, micro-grids, and other alternative energy producers/consumers needing to control harmful voltage irregularities to achieve their power quality, compliance, and conservation objectives.  Our highly reliable, field-proven products efficiently and cost-effectively stabilize voltage fluctuations, and helps enable integration of distributed energy resources (DER) into the traditional grid infrastructure. In 2017, Pacific Volt acquired the assets of MicroPlanet, a voltage regulation technology innovator which served customers in the UK, Australia, and North America. The LVR-30 incorporates the acquired technology and substantially updates it.


Contact person:    Wolfgang Struss




Fundamentals Ltd is a privately-owned company founded in 1994 following its breakthrough invention of TAPP (Transformer Automatic Paralleling Package), the subsequent SuperTAPP relay and today the third generation SuperTAPP SG relay.  Established as leaders in voltage control for electrical grids, the company prides itself in finding smarter solutions to the challenges of grid transformation and in doing so is committed in its mission to delivering innovation in both products and services to help improve the health and performance of the electrical power grid.


Contact person:    Maria Vitale



SOURCE: Pacific Volt

Pacific Volt Acquires Industry Leading Voltage Regulation Technology

For Release08 Sept 2017

Pacific Volt Acquires Industry Leading Voltage Regulation Technology

Upgraded product line to be re-launched under the Pacific Volt™ brand during 2017

SEATTLE, WA, [08 Sept. 2017] -- Pacific Volt, a recently organized provider of smart grid technologies, announced today that it has completed the integration of the voltage regulation technology and operations of MicroPlanet, Inc., which were acquired earlier this year in a court approved settlement with MicroPlanet’s creditors.  The strategic purchase returns control of the technology to a group of committed financial investors, technologists, and distribution partners that are supporting the management team’s efforts to re-launch an improved product line under the Pacific Volt™ brand. 

Deployed across four continents by utilities, the U.S. military, and multiple industrial and commercial customers, Pacific Volt’s technology regulates voltage with a bi-directional power flow to a user programmed set point on low voltage power networks with exceptional accuracy, reliability, and speed, to improve power quality, grid efficiency, energy conservation, and integration of distributed generation sources (e.g. solar and wind).  Utilities need solutions that will help them cost effectively manage voltage irregularities at the edge of their networks and mid-stream volatility caused by reverse flow of excess power from renewable energy producers.  Consumers see improved efficiency and durability of electric motors, bulbs, and other connected equipment, which increases product life and uptime, lowers maintenance and replacement costs, and reduces energy consumption.

“Many years and millions of dollars have been spent developing and validating this patented technology and there are thousands of installations around the world that will be candidates for replacement or upgrade to our technology, “said Wolfgang Struss, Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Volt.  “Our customers and their consultants have been incredibly patient waiting for our products and the team at Pacific Volt is very excited about our prospects given the market’s demand from our technology.”

Greg Wiegand, Chief Technology Officer of Pacific Volt and one of the original inventors of Pacific Volt’s technology, is overseeing the integration of new features into the Pacific Volt product line.  “One of the problems we will resolve in our upcoming product release is the elimination of the “visible flicker” observed in many of today’s energy efficient LED lighting systems.” said Mr. Wiegand.  "Our technology incorporates stable, sub-cycle regulation, which typically reduces a Pst (flicker) value by 67%.  In other words, Pacific Volt’s regulators now produce much cleaner voltage than a utility can possibly supply without it, and at the same cost effective price."


Pacific Volt’s initial product offerings focus on the single phase 50Hz Low Voltage Regulator (LVR) models such as the LVR-20 & LVR-30, with a 50kVA model for the North American 60Hz market to be announced shortly.  The 3 phase models will be updated to support the latest advancements as quickly as practical.  Future product launches are scheduled to begin in October 2017.

About Pacific Volt

Based in Seattle, Pacific Volt was founded by technologists who believe that the quality of our electrical supply will soon be as ‘top-of-mind’ as the purity of the food and water we need to survive.  Our accelerating dependence on connectivity to sustain our economy and quality of life is making power spikes, sags, flicker, and brownouts more and more intolerable.  Pacific Volt products and technology optimize power quality by removing harmful voltage irregularities from the electrical infrastructure that can disrupt, damage, and shorten the life of the connected devices we depend on.

For More Information:

Wolfgang Struss

Chief Executive Officer

phone:                 (360) 930-8283