Magnetically controlled shunt reactors – a new type of FACTS device

  The need for more efficient electricity systems management has given rise to innovative technologies in power generation and transmission. Worldwide transmission systems are undergoing continuous changes and restructuring. They are becoming more heavily loaded and are being operated in ways not initially forecasted. Transmission systems must be flexible to react to more diverse generation […]

Secure, interoperable functionality for power line carrier based infrastructures

  Power line carrier (PLC) based systems are proving an attractive and cost-effective solution for smart metering deployments in the residential domain. In Europe, PLC solutions have already been implemented widely in some countries, while others are at an advanced stage of planning for large-scale roll-out. The installed base in Spain (based on Prime Alliance […]

Modern building management systems tackle efficiency of energy, utilisation

  Buildings must keep pace with today’s fast-paced business world. The widespread adoption of information and communication technology, including computerised building management systems, reflects this trend. But implementing new technology is not enough. Amid pressure to constantly improve performance, businesses are making increasing demands on their employees to be more responsive and mobile. Compared to […]

Not-so-smart metering: A consumer’s point of view

  Some municipalities have started installing smart meters at residential customer’s premises, and customers are about to enter a new era in electricity distribution. Smart metering, we have been told, not only allows the electricity utility to read the meter remotely, but can allow customers to monitor and control energy consumption and keep their own […]

Avoiding a substation explosion

  An authorised person closed an 11 kV oil circuit breaker (OCB) on to a fault at a main substation. The OCB exploded and the force of the blast blew off the substation doors, seriously damaging the building. The person broke his right arm, when the door behind which he was standing was blown open. […]