National Grid has unveiled plans for the future home of its Sustainability Hub, a 2,200 square-foot facility centrally located within the company’s smart grid pilot area in Worcester, Massachusetts....More
With land-use and permitting issues becoming more complex and expensive, cable might be close to being price-competitive with overhead transmission. That would particularly apply in highly populated areas where right of way is a premium (as is visual impact). Do you see that happening in the U.S.? Europe? Doesn't the recent storm damage make cable more attractive financially?...More
An analytical report released last month by the U.S. Department of Energy found that as of March 2012 the total invested value of the $2.96 billion to support Smart Grid projects generated at least $6.8 billion in total economic output....More
Power systems located in the far northern and southern latitudes are most susceptible to geomagnetically induced current (GIC) issues. Other factors – including resistance of the soil, length of the transmission lines, and proximity to water – also come into play. Watch this short interview with Ramsis Girgis, ABB's R&D Manager for Power Transformers, to learn more about the FERC 797 standard and how to mitigate potential GIC issues.
To learn more, download and read Effects of GIC on power transformers and power systems.