WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A White Plains man is one of eight Con Edison employees to win an industry award for a project that could make it possible for utility workers to detect issues with underground electrical cables using a smart phone or tablet.
Paul Richardson, district operator in system and transmission for Con Edison, won the Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute, a national energy research organization. He worked with two other employees on his project.
This technology would give Con Edison another tool to detect contact voltage, which is when metal objects and surfaces become electrified due to a fault in electrical distribution systems. Contact voltage is most common in underground electrical systems, like those found in New York City, when an electrical cable’s insulation becomes worn.
The faster contact voltage is detected, the faster crews can make repairs and ensure public safety, according to the Con Edison website.
“We are in a constant and relentless search for technology and methods that can improve our service,” Craig Ivey, president of Con Edison, said. “The men and women of Con Edison are proud to see eight members of our team recognized for research that will benefit the New Yorkers we feel privileged to serve.”
Richardson has worked for Con Edison since 2004.