Utilities now have the ability to really rate their line’s capacity. Dynamic line ratings are based on real-time measurements of sag, conductor temperature and weather conditions rather than old-school methods of selecting static conditions by committee. In addition, as more lines become brainy, the grid is morphing into a dynamic system with real-time energy management systems. These systems are capable of optimizing the electrical grid. Power flows can be monitored to avoid congestion, and software predicts the network’s behavior.
Smart Wire Grid’s devices are designed to work existing transmission lines by clamping onto them and controlling the flow of power to provide more consistent control over how energy is routed within the grid on a real-time basis. This directly addresses concerns regarding the grid’s inability to effectively store intermittent energy from renewables for later use.