Low Cost Automatic Transmission Line Sectionalizing
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors Theses; 2009
As energy prices increase and there is a push for a smarter energy grid, people are continually looking for ways to make the energy grid more reliable and efficient. Specifically, power outages can cause huge problems to any manufacturing company, effectively putting their business on hold. Also, many people’s lives rely on getting power, whether the power is being used for something as simple as heat or whether it is powering life support equipment in a hospital. Ideally, there would never be any outages on the power system. However, due to environmental issues, this is not possible. Power lines are subject to an array of weathering issues, whether it is lightning striking a line and knocking it down, or lines getting tangled in a tree while sagging under a high load. While some of these conditions are temporary and the faults created by them can be cleared through reclosers and circuit breakers with automatic reclosing, other conditions may be considered permanent, and require the utility or provider to send out crews to diagnose and fix the problem, which can take hours and hours of time. This project aims to sectionalize transmission lines so the amount of customers that experience an extended outage is minimized.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
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