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S&C Electric CompanyWinner in: 2007
Developed for large electric utilities, the S&C TripSaver Dropout Recloser senses when a power outage can be repaired by itself or when an outage is so serious due to a downed or severed wire, for instance that the utility must send out a repair crew. This enables utility companies to more efficiently deploy resources after a storm or other incident that causes power outages. This innovation is also excellent for remote, hard-to-reach areas where sending crews unnecessarily can be costly and time-consuming.