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Eaton in the News: Lighting Up PNC Park; Preps for Microgrid Demo

Eaton in the News: Lighting Up PNC Park; Preps for Microgrid Demo

Article Published: April 5, 2017

EatonPittsburgh Pirates Install Eaton’s Advanced LED Lighting and Controls System at PNC Park in Time for the 2017 Season

Power management company Eaton today announced that its advanced Ephesus light-emitting diode (LED) sports lighting and controls system is being installed at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, for the 2017 season. Featuring industry-leading control functions, the LED system gives facility operators unsurpassed control to enhance the viewing experience for spectators while reducing energy use by as much as 75 percent.

The Pirates become one of five Major League Baseball teams playing home games under Eaton’s LED sports lighting solution this season. They join the Texas Rangers, who last season became the first team to install Eaton’s Ephesus LED Lighting and controls system, as well as the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians, who are also installing the system this season.

“We selected Eaton’s sports lighting system in large part because of its industry-leading glare control and overall performance capabilities that will make PNC Park an even better place to watch and play,” said Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly. “The system’s ability to provide high-quality and consistent lighting and game entertainment functions is consistent with our mission of making PNC Park the best place to watch a ballgame. We know our fans will enjoy the many new and exciting capabilities these lights offer.”

The system being installed at PNC Park features Ephesus Stadium Pro fixtures with a wired DMX control system. The innovative control system is available with 100 percent dimming capabilities, color temperature tuning and advanced control capabilities within each fixture.

Despite installing significantly fewer fixtures than the previous systems, Eaton’s Ephesus sports lighting product line will provide optimal lighting that illuminates more uniformly on the playing surface and offers an improved stage for players and fans watching live and on high-definition television. The system is easy to install, requires little to no maintenance for years, and offers the lowest total operating costs compared to other traditional sports lighting systems.

“Since we installed the first ever solid-state lighting system in a North American sports arena, facility operators and team executives have come to understand that our digital lighting solutions offer a distinct advantage when compared to conventional LED lights in creating an enhanced stage for fans and performers,” said Mike Lorenz, president, Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting business. “Professional baseball teams have been especially drawn to the ability of our system to better minimize glare zones and keep lighting levels consistent for players and fans as the sun sets and it turns from dusk to the night sky.”

This Eaton solution continues the rapid acceptance of LED lighting at sports and entertainment venues of all sizes across North America. Hundreds of facilities have made the switch to Eaton’s LED sports lighting system including: University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals); Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins); U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings); Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators); and the historic Martinsville Speedway in Virginia -- the first NASCAR track with LED lighting.

Eaton manufactures its Ephesus line of high-output solid-state sports lighting solutions for a broad range of applications, from municipal ballfields to indoor and outdoor professional venues. These innovative advanced lighting solutions create brighter, more vibrant and sustainable environments. For more information, visit www.eaton.com/ephesus, phone 315-579-2873 or email EphesusInfo@eaton.com.


Department of Defense Selects Eaton, Electricore Team for Microgrid Demonstration at Ft. Custer Training Center in Michigan

Power management company Eaton today announced selection by the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct a microgrid demonstration under the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) at Ft. Custer Training Center in Michigan. The project team will be led by Electricore, Inc. and supported by Eaton, Consumers Energy and hosted by the Michigan Army National Guard. The project will develop a microgrid that can island from the utility grid to enhance power surety, energy resilience, distributed generation management and demand response, while contributing to the critical power needs of nearby military installations.

“The microgrid project at Ft. Custer will help the Department of Defense establish a replicable model for reducing the overall cost to implement energy surety goals in sites where bases are closely located,” said William Murch, director of service for Eaton’s microgrid energy system’s business. “Eaton understands the challenges associated with deploying grid-dependent power systems and will leverage our experience to help Ft. Custer achieve a secure, reliable microgrid system.”

ESTCP funded the project to demonstrate the ability of microgrids to maintain continuity of critical power resources during extended outages. The project will also showcase the potential for actively shared resources between Ft. Custer, a federally owned and state-operated Michigan Army National Guard training facility, and nearby federal facilities. Throughout the demonstration, advanced microgrid control features such as automated power quality management, real-time response to grid conditions and control of energy storage assets will be tested.

Eaton’s Electrical Engineering Services and Systems team, one of the largest and most experienced teams of power system engineers in the industry, will provide all necessary turnkey engineering services and power management solutions, including: equipment upgrades; installation of additional energy storage and natural gas generation resources; and implementation of microgrid control and communication components.

The project will also incorporate Eaton’s Power Xpert Energy OptimizerTM controller, which is engineered to help customers deploy stand-alone power systems using existing and new assets with the adaptability to easily meet future needs. Eaton’s controller provides a modular, scalable and repeatable approach to microgrid control.

Eaton's Electrical Engineering Services and Systems team offers a comprehensive portfolio of services tailored for every stage of a power system’s life cycle, whether design, build or support. To learn more, visit www.eaton.com/service.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

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