An Era of Change in the Electrical Power Industry: Are you ready?
The electric power industry has entered an era of unprecedented change, with issues such as aging infrastructure, new regulations, the integration of distributed energy resources, and the convergence of IT and OT. Paul Mauldin with T&D World discusses these topics and a virtual event on November 6 that seeks to address them.
At Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®, we're making advancements in the development of fusion energy, the ultimate form of renewable power. Our scientists and engineers are looking at the biggest natural fusion reactor for inspiration - the sun.
ADVAC Advanced design vacuum circuit breaker. The EL mechanism used in ABB's ADVAC breaker is the most widely used technology in the world, and with good reason. With fewer moving parts and vacuum interrupters embedded in cast-resin, breaker maintenance is greatly reduced. For much more information about innovations and insights, read this ABB Review Special Report: Medium-voltage products.
Wireless mesh networking. Each day utilities install more and more intelligent devices as they automate their generation facilities, substations, and other assets. The resulting data is driving a convergence of IT and OT functions, enabling new levels of control. The devices typically communicate wirelessly using one of several technologies. The most reliable is 802.11 Wi-Fi-based mesh. The short white paper: Fine mesh: Mesh 802.121 wireless network connectivity...
Renewables. Wind and solar are increasing their presence and importance on the grid, thanks in part to advances in technology at all levels of the power system. Download Advances in wind energy technologies in the context of smart grid to learn about some of these advancements, and how they are bringing greater control, mitigating intermittencies, and reducing the effect of electrical disturbances.
Having issues with cutouts cracking or breaking due to extreme cold, heat or heavily polluted environments? Newer insulating technologies such as polymer concrete and silicone rubber can outperform standard porcelain cutouts and are not subject to breaking and cracking. For more information, download: Trust your grid to ABB cutouts: Offering superior performance, reliability, and durability
K2 commented on October 18, 2013
The video has an error - ABB does not produce SILICON cutouts, they are SILICONE. These are two totally different materials.
Our industry should advance beyond using our current fuse design. When a fuse blows, a shower of molten metal is expelled at high speed. I know of no one who has been burnt by a cutout, but I'm sure there have been some (not just linemen), and I'm sure there has been some damage to things under a fused cutout (cars) that have been damaged (probaby without the owner realizing it). I think it's time we develop a better fuse.