Data Sheet: Fault Current Limiter
 
Connecting the Grid.   Wisely.

GridON sets the new standard for electrical grid reliability, safety, performance & efficiency

A commercial Fault Current Limiters for reliable connection of additional generation and distributed renewable energy sources to transmission and distribution networks
 

The growing electricity supply and demand, ever-increasing network complexity and aging infrastructure conspire to challenge network operators daily. GridON is offering operators and network designers fault current limiters (FCL) which enable network meshing and connection of additional generators and intermittent renewable low-carbon energy sources. The FCL enables capacity growth on distribution and transmission networks. It improves grid resilience and reliability while significantly cutting capital expenditures, by tens to hundreds of millions of dollars, and extending the useful life of existing network assets.

The FCL is commercially available and has been installed in operational service since early 2013. GridON has been gaining interest from grid operators, power generation companies and energy-intensive industrial corporations, who are seeking network efficiency solutions for their growing capacity challenges.

GridON’s FCL is based on combining industry-standard, proven transformer technology with unique and proprietary concept of electro-magnetic flux alteration on a saturated iron core.  The self-triggered system responds instantaneously to faults, suppresses fault current for its entire duration, and recovers immediately following fault clearance – being always ready for consecutive faults events. It is the first such fully tested, installed and commercially viable pre-saturated fault current limiter currently available in the market.
 
The breakthrough in design removes the need for superconducting components which results in a simple, reliable and low maintenance solution. Unlike previous superconducting-based FCL technologies which have not reached commercial viability, GridON’s product is fully scalable for use at all voltage levels - industrial, distribution and transmission. Specifically, GridON offers a cost-effective solution for the 80kA fault-breaking barrier on transmission grids.

GridON has partnered with Australian based Wilson Transformer Company – a shareholder and engineering and manufacturing partner - to bring this innovative state-of-the-art portfolio of FCL products to the market.
 
GridON has recently won the 2013 UK Energy Innovation Award for the Best Energy Network Improvement. Topping thousands of other innovative technologies, GridON was also the proud recipient of the 2011 GE ecomagination “Powering the Grid” award and the 2012 European ACES Smart Grid award. 

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