By Benji Jerew
Smart grid technology, on the other hand, doesn’t require extensive replacement, but only add-on information systems. Implementation of smart grid technology can speed up repairs and isolate damaged sections while keeping intact sections powered up. Smart Wire Grid, a startup out of Oakland, CA, has been installing its information devices, Distributed Series […]
Out of the hundreds of energy innovations on display this week at the annual ARPA-E Summit just outside of Washington D.C., it’s been rare to find a group actually selling and shipping products. But a startup out of Oakland, Calif. called Smart Wire Grid has quietly begun delivering devices that clamp onto transmission lines and control the flow of power.
A pilot demonstration of Smart Wire technology is now under way on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s power transmission system. Installed on a 161-kilovolt transmission line near Knoxville, Tenn., the Smart Wire system is designed to provide congestion relief by redistributing power flow onto underused lines, thereby optimizing transmission system operations.