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SEL announces Engineer Design Challenge

SEL kicked off the Engineer Design Challenge today, which tasks entrants with creating power system designs that use the SEL-FT50 and SEL-FR12 Fault Transmitter and Receiver System in new, innovative ways.

The SEL-FT50 and SEL-FR12 System provides an advanced approach for speeding up distribution protection schemes without sacrificing selectivity. Since SEL released this unique system close to a year ago, utilities have applied it to improve their power system in numerous creative ways, such as hybrid fuse-blowing/-saving schemes and faster tripping on unfused segments.

But we know there are more new ideas out there, and we’re inviting you to share yours!
Individuals or teams can submit entries until 11:59 p.m. PDT April 16. Designs must incorporate the current capabilities of the SEL-FT50 and SEL-FR12 System. SEL experts will select three design finalists on April 20 and post them on for voting. Voting between April 20 and May 4 will determine the first, second, and third place winners.

SEL will donate $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place to the charity or school of each winner’s choice.

Complete details and official rules for the Engineer Design Challenge are available on the Engineer Design Challenge webpage.