Emprimus Inc. has completed a global licensing agreement with ABB for its SolidGround Grid Stability System. The transaction grants ABB worldwide rights to manufacture, market and install Emprimus' SolidGround protection system for the electric power grid in North America and around the globe.
The SolidGround system is designed to protect the grid against the effects of geomagnetic storm-induced currents (GIC) and electromagnetic pulse (EMP)-induced currents of any size, by automatically detecting and blocking DC currents from flowing through the neutral of large power transformers.
The SolidGround system offers integrated and automated protection against the current flareup of solar storms, a phenomenon expected to peak within the next several years. Solar flares of the magnitude experts are predicting have the potential to cause power massive disruptions, similar to one in 1989 that crippled Québec with a massive blackout affecting 6 million people. The potential for economic damage has grown exponentially since that time, with the advent of the “wired” world, complex and critically connected international supply chains, and the growth of cloud computing.