Protecting the Grid. Wisely.
GridON sets the new standard for electrical grid reliability, safety, performance & efficiency
Offering the first commercial Fault Current Limiter for distribution & transmission networks
GridON's Fault Current Limiter (FCL) is transforming the electrical grid landscape. The system planner can now design a network for its assigned task, without overrating and compensating for faults. The system operator can safely interconnect network segments. The wind farm does not burden the network with its intermittent generation. The substation equipment is protected from devastating, wildly propagating fault currents.
GridFeed FCLs enable the ever-increasing demand for capacity increase and connection of power generation from both conventional and renewable energy sources.
GridConnect FCLs facilitate network inter-connectivity and improve the quality and availability of the grid.
With the evolving privatization and tighter regulations, utilities are seeking means to manage faults and to improve quality and reliability of their service. Financial incentives encourage utilities to consider cost-effective FCL solutions. GridON enables increase of load and supply, while protecting the grid from power disruptions and major outages. It prolongs equipment’s useful life and cuts capital budgets and operating costs.
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) commissioned and invested in a US$7m project to develop and demonstrate GridON’s FCL. The FCL has been fully tested by Testing & Certification Australia, an independent high power test lab, and will be put into service at a UK Power Networks substation by early 2013. ETI’s members include EDF Energy, E.ON, BP, Caterpillar, Rolls-Royce and Shell.
Designed using rudimentary electromagnetic principles, GridON’s self-triggered FCL suppresses prospective fault currents on distribution and transmission grids. Using a unique and proprietary concept of magnetic-flux alteration (requiring no superconducting or cryogenic components), the FCL’s impedance rises instantaneously upon fault condition. It limits the fault current for its entire duration and recovers to its normal condition immediately thereafter; ready to protect against any subsequent network faults.
GridON has partnered with Australian Wilson Transformer Company - a shareholder and engineering and manufacturing partner - to bring its novel, world-class portfolio of FCL products to the market.
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