In the summer of 1991, Power Systems & Controls was presented with a unique challenge by the United States Air Force. How do you provide backup power for a series of electrical tests to be conducted on a Russian nuclear space reactor? The answer was for PS&C to team up with Rust Power (New Mexico Caterpillar Dealer) and supply a 315kVA PS&C Hybrid Rotary UPS that converts 60Hz power to 50Hz power, while simultaneously protecting the critical load. For added redundancy, Rust Power connected the output of the UPS to an ATS which activates a 50Hz engine generator.

The purpose of the Topaz II Nuclear Test Program is to see if the Russian technology can be beneficial to the United States as it designs U.S. thermionic nuclear power systems for space applications. The United States has not tested a space nuclear reactor in 25 years, and the Russian technology is much more advanced than U.S. models. The Topaz II project allows an excellent opportunity to gain from Russian experience and expertise. You can learn more about the Topaz Nuclear Test Program by clicking on this link (Topaz).

Power Systems & Controls has a state of the art production and test facility located in Richmond, VA allowing for easy access to Washington, DC and the east coast. PS&C has the unique ability to support both static (solid-state) and rotary (motor generator) UPS, frequency converter, and power conditioning requirements as we are one of the few companies in the world that manufactures both types of technology. Power Systems & Controls is an employee owned company and has a long history of successfully supporting mission critical applications across the world. PS&C – The Power Is On!

About PS&C

Power Systems & Controls is a world leader in power quality and power protection technology, building systems for mission critical applications world-wide. Clients include many of the world’s leading research and test laboratories, rail and sea mass transit, advanced manufacturing, and data centers. The company was founded in 1965 by CAT. Today the company is headquartered in Richmond, VA and supports the USG and DOD, Fortune 500, and many other international organizations on a range of applications. We don’t just solve power problems; we engineer power solutions.