With increasing energy demand due to population growth and urbanization in addition to a growing electricity based transportation sector, the incidence of fault currents is increasing and driving up costs and pushing out returns on investment. Further, the addition of new distributed generation can threaten grid reliability and stability making the grid more vulnerable to fault currents. Large fault currents can cause the grid to fail catastrophically and even small fault currents can damage the grid’s capital infrastructure. Traditional approaches for managing fault currents include sub-optimal measures such as splitting the bus, using high impedance transformers, building new substations, adding capacitor banks etc.
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Fault Current Limiters (FCLs) provide the preferred solution to managing fault currents by lowering the damaging consequences of fault currents and making current grid assets more productive. Since fault currents dictate much of the grid design and equipment configuration today, neutralizing fault currents creates greater flexibility in grid design and component selection. Superconducting FCLs (SCFCLs) provide fault mitigation for high voltages (to 400 kV) and solid-state FCLs (SSFCLs) utilize solid state electronics for 6 kV to 45 kV.
In this informative webinar, Albert Nelson, Director of Business Development for Applied Materials, will review the development and application of SCFCLs and SSFCLs and how these products enable:
- Increased substation capacity
- Easier addition of new generation
- Protecting key assets
- Easier interconnection of distributed generation
- A more reliable and resilient grid
In addition, a case study for an installed SCFCL located at the Knapps Corner Substation (Poughkeepsie, NY) operated by Central Hudson Gas & Electric will be discussed. This installation has predictively operated 28 times in response to fault currents.
Attendees can ask questions which will be covered during the Q&A session of the webinar.
This webinar can help you make informed decisions about safeguarding your T&D assets against fault currents cost-effectively.
Who Should Attend:
- Generation Plant Managers
- Generating Plant Operations & Maintenance Managers
- Generation and Transmission OEMs
- Corporate Engineering Management
- Power Project Developers
Albert Nelson | Director of Business Development | Applied Materials
Albert Nelson is Director of Business Development for the Applied Power Group of Applied Materials in Gloucester, MA. He has served in senior management roles in the energy and technology sectors in the areas of product development, management, financing, marketing and business development. Albert helped create several energy technologies including Applied Superconductor and its predecessor companies Zenergy Power and SC Power Systems, in addition to Direct Drive Power and Cheng Power. At Applied Superconductor, he served as CEO and a member of the Executive Management Board of Applied Superconductor Limited in the U.K. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Naval Architecture, and completed the submarine and naval nuclear power curriculums.