In addition to mingling at our booth and throughout the exposition room, CTC Global’s Matthew Hutchison and Jeffrey Townsend also presented updates about the ever growing ACCC product line at their Products and Solutions Seminar during the conference.
Dave Bryant (CTC Global’s Director Technology) also joined Otto Lynch (Power Line Systems), Dave Wabnegger (Quanta Services) and Jack McCall (Lindsey) in Jose Daconti’s (Siemens) Overhead Transmission Line Uprating and Upgrading Panel Session where over 200 industry leaders discussed leading edge transmission solutions.
Dave Bryant’s presentation “Advanced Materials for Overhead Line Reconductoring” reviewed the evolution of bare overhead conductors; discussed drivers for the development of modern conductors such as ACCC conductor; and demonstrated how modern conductors are improving the efficiency, capacity, reliability and resilience of the electric power grid. Examples discussed by both Dave Wabnegger and Dave Bryant included American Electric Power’s award winning 345 kV energized reconductor project in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Video Link
By updating the existing double bundle ACSR Drake size conductor with ACCC conductor, AEP was able to double the capacity of the existing ROW to accommodate load growth and seasonal peak demands while also reducing line losses by 30%. Reduced line losses currently saves ~300,000 MWh (the equivalent of 28 MW of generation). Reduced line losses, based on the combined sources of generation in Texas is also reducing CO2 emissions by ~200,000 metric tons per year. This is the equivalent of removing 34,000 cars from the road.
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