The Equipment in Your Local Substation

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A substation needs to have a number of electrical equipment if it is to successfully transfer electrical power from the point at which it’s generated to the consumers. This equipment is assembled together in order to create a complete and functional substation. If you would like to know what this equipment is, read on to…

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The Different Types of Electrical Substations

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Current electrical power consumption is increasing quickly, and power-producing substations have the task of meeting this demand. A power substation refers to an electrical system with a high voltage capacity whose purpose may be for running equipment such as generators and electrical circuits, among others. The primary objective is to provide continuous energy or power…

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Why We Use High Voltage to Transmit Electrical Power

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Power transmission is the large-scale transportation of electrical energy from a generation source, such as a power plant. A transmission network is a collection of interconnecting wires that allow this movement to occur. This contrasts with the local cables that connect high-voltage substations to consumers, which is an act of power distribution. Towers supporting high-voltage…

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What You Need to Know About Power Transformers

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A power transformer is an electrical device that converts alternating power from one voltage to another. Because there are no rotating or moving components a transformer is usually modeled as a stationary device. In the majority of cases, power transformers are used to “step down” voltage from a higher level to a lower level to…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Surge Protectors

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Every once in a while, a surge in electric current occurs and threatens to destroy valuable items. The electricity surge might last from a few seconds to days, depending on its causes. Also, the surge can range from a few millivolts to kilovolts. Both time and range of surges are essential considerations when considering what…

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Gas-Insulated Substations: What’s Their Purpose and What do They Cost?

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Urban areas and densely-populated towns in the US are often powered via gas-insulated substations, but what are they and what are they used for? Let’s take a look. What Are Gas-Insulated Substations? Gas-insulated substations (GIS) are high-voltage substations that contain major conducting structures within a sealed environment. Gas-insulated substations also contain an insulating medium, which…

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Is Energy Storage Clean?

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As a concept and as a sustainable solution, energy storage has been around for decades. Countries like the United States have seen rapid growth in clean energy generation, with much of the increase influenced by legislative initiatives that reward renewable portfolios with financial incentives. On both federal and state levels, a growing number of business…

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Ways to Achieve Grid Flexibility

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The demand for electricity is on the rise across multiple industries and locations around the globe. A grid is a network that interconnects between production, transmission, and consumption of electricity and plays a crucial role in the distribution of power to consumers. The conventional methods of storing and producing electricity have operated on the basis…

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The Basics of Power Transfer

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In order to power buildings, generators, and substations, electricity needs to be transmitted from one location to another. These electrical power transmissions have to move a considerable amount of electricity around from a source, such as a power plant, to a substation where it can be harnessed, transformed, and pushed through to consumers and other…

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Adaptable Smart Grids Are the Future

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The production, transmission, consumption, and storage of electricity are changing, with increased demand and supply of renewable energy from multiple sources. The grid of the future must adapt to cope and sustain electricity transmission. Emerging technologies are shaping and disrupting the reliance on the current energy grids. Adaptable Grids Are the Future Grids of the…

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