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Smart monitoring enhances distribution-grid reliability

Posted: 11 Jun 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:electric power distribution grids? distribution infrastructure? Distribution grids? smart powerline monitors?

Four broad trends are changing operating conditions on electric power distribution grids, and thus increasing stress on distribution infrastructure:

1. Energy-use preferences have been shifting towards electric power, resulting in electricity-use growth rates, which are twice that of other energy sources.

2. Ageing distribution equipment is now on average older than its manufacturers' recommended operating lifetimes.

3. Increasing use of electronic loads reduces load power factors and decreases grid utilisation efficiency.

4. Distribution grids are no longer static one-way power delivery systems, but are now dynamic two-way links that also connect distributed generation resources to loads.

To accommodate changing use models and improve reliability smart powerline monitors are necessary for utilities to track dynamic operating conditions on distribution grids. Let's take a closer look.

View the PDF document for more information.

Originally published by Maxim Integrated Products Inc. at as "Smart Monitoring Improves Distribution-Grid Reliability".

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