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Underground T&D

Underground Smart Grid

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In recent years, the cost to bury high-voltage power lines has decreased dramatically. The American Transmission Company reports that installation costs for underground transmission lines (over 100 kilovolts) are now only 2.5 to 10 times the cost of an equivalent overhead line. Consequently, the number of underground transmission line projects has exploded in recent years and the number of underground high-voltage power lines operating in the United States have dramatically increased. Read more

Underground T&D

Solving Underground Cable Problems with Partial Discharge Testing

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How to prevent failure with partial discharge testing

BY HENNING OETJEN, Megger

Partial discharge (PD) measurements are increasingly used as a reliable and non-destructive diagnostic method to detect weak spots in the insulation of underground cables. Routinely, partial discharge measurements are utilized in laboratories for testing cable reels prior to commissioning and in the field to verify installation quality. Read more

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