Tag: The Grid

Superconductors in the Transmission Grid

Superconductors in the Transmission Grid

Superconductors in the Transmission Grid

01/16/19

“How can superconductors be beneficial for the transmission grid?”

 

Losses by electrical resistance are one of the largest contributors to inefficiency in the power grid system. However, if the normal wiring materials were replaced by superconductive materials which lack any resistance, then this issue would dissipate away.

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The US Interconnections

The US Interconnections

The US Interconnections

01/15/19

“How is the US power grid divided up?”

 

The United States is a large country. Spanning between two major oceans, it is truly a wonder to behold. But this might be too large for a single interconnection. Instead, the US is divided up into multiple separate interconnections, which together make up The US Interconnections. It is mainly divided between the Western and Eastern Interconnections, with the Texas Interconnection being a small subset.

 

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ACSR Cables

ACSR Cables

ACSR Cables

01/09/18

“How can we make a sturdy conductive cable?”

 

Transmission lines need large amounts of cables to travel long distances. However, this means that they will also need to be sturdy and rigid while being lightweight. This can be solved by placing a steel holder wire surrounded by aluminum wires in a setup known as ACSR Cables (Aluminium-conductor steel-reinforced cable). ACR cables are widely utilized in India, forming the bulk of power transmission cables.

 

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Synchronous Compensators

Synchronous Compensators

Synchronous Compensators

01/02/18

“How can we use synchronous motors to stabilize the grid?”

 

Synchronous Motors are great for precision control applications. But their usage can be applied to grid stabilizations. Since voltage in a grid can fluctuate, by running synchronous motors at no-load speeds we can effectively have a load that adds inertia to the system, therefore mellowing out the voltage fluctuation. These devices are known as a Synchronous Compensators and are a vital part of the modern grid.