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What Is A Smart Grid and How Does It Work | Smart Grid Characteristics

smart-grid components

Smart Grid is characterized by a series of integrated technologies, methodologies, and procedures for planning and operation of electrical systems, being favored by the increase of resources related to information, communication, and engineering technologies. Another feature is the diversity of application areas, e.g., energy technologies, transportation efficiencies, utility transformations, and …

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Electrical Power System Components

The electrical grid in North America is a combination of various elements that provide a means of taking electrical power from where it is produced to where it used. The electrical grid is defined as an interconnected network of power stations, transmission lines, and distribution stations that transmit electrical power …

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Three Phase Electric Power Explained

Three-Phase Voltage

Single-phase ac voltage is generated in some smaller renewable energy systems. Power companies almost universally generate three-phase (3φ) ac electric power, and they supply it to industries as three-phase or convert it to single-phase (1φ) for residential and small commercial operations. Larger industrial users use the three-phase ac directly for …

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Electric Power System and Equipment – Voltage Ratings

Electrical power systems used in buildings may be divided into three voltage classes. The system voltage is defined as the voltage between lines, or line-to-line voltage. Extra-low-voltage systems (50 V and below) This class is normally used for control, signal, and communication systems. Low-voltage systems (nominally below 600 V) The practical range …

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6 Most Common Power Quality Problems

The quality of incoming power to a load is important because all electrical and electronic equipment is rated for operation at a specific voltage. The rated voltage is actually a voltage range. Typically, this range is ±10%. However, with many newer components derated to save energy and operating cost, the …

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Cyber Security and Privacy Issues

One critical aspect of the information and communications technologies of the smart distribution network is cyber-security, which includes physical and system security.  Cyber-security covers the protection of networks and servers from unauthorized accesses and malicious attacks. It also covers the protection against compromised control and measurement units that can harm …

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Microgrid: Advantages, Structure, & Applications

A microgrid is a small electricity generation and distribution system containing distributed generation, energy storage systems, loads and monitoring and protection devices.  It is an autonomous system that is self-controlled and self-managed. An energy microgrid provides users thermal energy for heating and cooling in addition to electricity. A fundamental feature …

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Smart Grid Distribution System

smart grid distribution system

As an important form of energy, electricity offers the advantages of being clean, highly efficient and convenient for users. The power system that links the generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption of electricity is one of the most complex man-made systems constructed to date. With the increasing demand for energy throughout …

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Voltage Changes in Electrical Power System

Voltage changes in an electrical power system may be categorized as momentary, temporary, or sustained.

AC generators are designed to produce a rated output voltage. In addition, all electrical and electronic equipment is rated for operation at a specific voltage. The rated voltage is a voltage range that was normally ±10%. Today, however, with many components de-rated to save energy and operating cost, the range …

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Oscilloscope Working Principle | Oscilloscope Parts and Function


Oscilloscopes come in a variety of brands and complexities. Two general categories of oscilloscopes include those used for general-purpose bench work applications, and the more complex (and expensive) laboratory-quality oscilloscopes, Figure 1a and b. A portable scope is shown in Figure 1c. Figure 1: (a) General-purpose oscilloscope; (b) lab-quality oscilloscope; …

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Power Transformer Characteristics

Power transformers

Power transformers, Figure 1, typically have the following features: They are heavy (because of their iron core) and can be very large, like the transformers on telephone poles. However, power transformers in electronic devices are much smaller and vary considerably in size. They have a laminated iron core to reduce …

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Transformer Ratios of Single-Phase Transformers

Figure 4. Diagram using standard electrical symbols to show the AC supply, a single-phase transformer, and its connected load in an electrical schematic

In a given single-phase AC transformer, whether auto, isolation, or current type, there are three principle transformer ratios: the current ratio, the turns ratio, and the voltage ratio. The ratios of both current and voltage are dependent on the turns ratio, which is established at the point of manufacture (by …

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Electric Motor Load

As shown in Figure 1, the installations and uses of electric motors are just as diversified as the many different kinds and horsepower ratings of electric motors. In general, electric motors or electrical utilization equipment that contains motor loads must be provided with a disconnecting means, supply conductors, and some …

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Purpose of Grounding the Utility Power Distribution

fig 1 The static ground wire in the 3-phase electrical utility power transmission-distribution grid

The transfer of electrical power within the electrical-utility power transmission/distribution grid is normally at high voltage (high tension) to reduce the transmission losses (line losses) along the miles of cable that must be installed between the generating plants and the many cities, commercial and industrial sites, and suburban, as well …

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