The original founders of Reivax, Mr. Fernando Happel Pons, Mr. Joao Marcos Soares, Mr. Nelson Zeni Junior and Mr. Paulo Marcos Pinheiro de Paiva, were engineers working with local power companies in Brazil in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Their work included commissioning, maintenance, providing studies and simulations for Excitation systems, Governors and Power System Stabilizers etc.
At the time, these systems were imported from Europe but European suppliers were unwilling to modify the equipment to meet the South American requirements. After modifying these systems to improve the dynamic response, these original founders of Reivax realized there was a market for providing systems that were better suited for the local market, which require faster system response to deal with the unstable grid conditions. At this time, they developed new AVR functions such as the accelerating power PSS with ramp-track filter, which was later further improved together in collaboration with Ontario Hydro Research Division to form today’s internationally accepted standard: IEEE PSS type 2B.
As a result of this success, Reivax was founded in 1987 to supply the local Brazilian market with State-Of-the-Art generator and turbine control systems with better dynamic responses.
Since then, the company has expanded its global presence to North America and Europe/Asia with more than 1,100 systems installed globally in large (600MW) and small (1 MW) hydro, coal-fired, natural gas, and nuclear power plants as well as various synchronous motor applications.
Today the company employs more than 250 people and is recognized as a global leader in supplying Static Excitation Systems, Automatic Voltage Regulators, Electronic Governors, Hydraulic Governor Solutions and Unit Control Systems.
The company is certified by ISO 9001:2010 and ISO 14001: 2004 and maintains these standards for its workflow processes and environmental controls.
In March 2010, Reivax North America Inc., a subsidiary of Reivax S/A, was founded to supply the North American market with excitation systems and speed governors manufactured and tested in the United States.
Today there are more than 70 excitation systems in operation in North America with another 30 to 40 systems to be placed in operation in 2017. Reivax North America has amassed an impressive list of very satisfied customers such as the US Army Corps of Engineers, Brookfield Renewable, FortisBC, ENEL Green Power, the US Bureau of Reclamation, Tacoma Power, AEDC, AltaGas, New Brunswick Power, Yukon Energy, PacifiCorp, Central Arizona Project, SaskPower and many more. Customer feedback of Reivax North America’s performance through our Customer Satisfaction Questionnaire revealed responses of Excellent or Very Good, which was anticipated since complete customer satisfaction is the single most important factor driving our company.
Reivax North America Inc. head office is located in Montreal providing North American customers with Project Management, Sales, Engineering, Site Engineering and Spare Parts stock. Reivax North America Inc. has a dedicated service team providing commissioning, training and after sales support. You may reach the Reivax North America service team 24 hours per day for all 365 days of the year through our toll free telephone number (1-877-7-REIVAX). As well, the Reivax North America excitation systems and speed governors are manufactured at our facility in Houston (TX) where we also perform complete testing up to 3,000ADC and 1,200VDC and make use of our real time simulator to pre-tune the systems. Spare Parts stock is also available in Houston.
In January 2011, Mr. Mike Wallin joined Reivax North America Inc. as President and CEO. Mike brings +20 years of expertise in the field of Power Generation where he has held various positions in Engineering, Field Service, Sales and Management. Mike was responsible for ABB’s North American Excitation System business between 2001-2010 and oversaw all aspects of the operations as Vice President and General Manager. The same methodology (Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing etc.) implemented by Mike at his previous company is now being used at Reivax North America Inc.