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Safe Guarding T&D Assets Against Fault Currents - South East Asia

Applied Materials, AMAT, Albert Nelson, Webinar, Webcast Experts, Fault Current Limiters


Population growth and urbanization have contributed to increasing electric power demand. At the same time, climate change concerns and CO2 reduction objectives are driving utilities to increase distributed and renewable power generation. This, in turn, significantly increases local energy levels in the electric grid. Additionally, renewable power sources are inherently inconsistent. These inconsistencies are managed with the addition of conventional generation and substation inter-ties, which further increase local energy levels. This can cause abnormal, transient “fault currents” to exceed allowable levels, negatively affecting grid reliability and stability.

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Large fault currents can cause the grid to fail catastrophically, and even small fault currents, over time, can damage the grid’s capital infrastructure by shortening useful life, thereby impacting reliability and increasing costs. Traditional approaches for managing fault currents include sub-optimal measures such as splitting buses, sectionalizing loads, using high-impedance transformers and adding series reactors, all of which increase grid impedance on a continual, ongoing basis.  This permanent increase in impedance reduces efficiency, power quality and stability, and can necessitate compensating measures such as building new substations and adding capacitor banks. Fault Current Limiters provide a reliable, cost-effective and preferred alternative 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 offers greater flexibility in grid design and component selection. 

In this informative webinar, Albert Nelson, Director of Business Development for Applied Materials, will provide an in-depth view of Fault Current Limiters (FCLs) covering:

  • Superconducting FCLs (SCFCL) which provide fault mitigation for high voltages (to 400 kV) and
  • Solid-state FCLs (SSFCLs) applications which utilize solid state electronics for 6 kV to 45 kV applications. 
  • How these products enable:
    • Increased substation capacity
    • Easier addition of new generation
    • Protection of 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 free webinar can help you make informed decisions about unlocking capacity in Fault constrained Electrical Networks.


Who Should Attend:

  • Generation Plant Managers, Plant Operations & Maintenance Managers
  • Generation and Transmission OEMs
  • Corporate Engineering Management
  • Power Project Developers



Albert Nelson | Director of Business Development | Applied Materials

Albert Nelson, Applied Materials, AMAT

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.  Bert 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.