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August 26 - 31, 2018
CTC Global Participates at Minnesota Grid Policy Summit 

On July 30th, CTC Global participated in a "groundbreaking" Electric Utility Infrastructure (EUI) efficiency policy initiative by the state energy office in Minnesota.  This initiative builds on Minnesota legislation that electric utilities in the state spend an amount equal to 1.5% of their electric sales for "conservation" projects. 

This effort by the state energy office in the Department of Commerce, looked at transmission and distribution (T&D) efficiency upgrades as well as generation plant efficiency improvement.  In a "bottoms-up" approach to identifying T&D opportunities, GDS Associates, Inc., the project consultants, identified 3 main areas of potential: low-loss conductors; high-efficiency transformers, and conservation voltage reduction. 

GDS identified that low-loss conductors, such as CTC Global's ACCC conductor, could provide 641,319 MWH per year, or almost one-half, of the achievable energy savings from the T&D sector during the 20 year period of the study. 

David Townley, Director of Public Affairs for CTC Global, also presented to the stakeholders what high performance conductors were, why ACCC is highly energy efficient, how high efficiency conductors could be applied to gain the energy savings available in the T&D grid, and some suggestions for policy guidance to utilities.

Three examples were provided showing how reconductoring with ACCC had been used in existing right-of-ways, on existing structures, to secure needed capacity as well as line-loss reductions for those projects. The line loss reductions provided energy savings, reductions in air emissions, including CO2 reduction, water use reduction, and freed-up generating capacity. The presentation will be posted on the website listed below.

The materials from the stakeholder meetings and the report, when released, can be found at:  www.mncee.org/mnsupplystudy/home
CEZ Romania Completes 1st ACCC Conductor Installation in Romania
 
Earlier this month, with the support of EPC firm Prelchim, CEZ Romania completed the first ACCC conductor installation in Craiova, Romania. CEZ Romania is a distribution company, established in 2005, after acquiring the assets of Electrica Oltenia SA. CEZ Romania selected 248.8 mm^2 (491 kcmil) Gdankz size ACCC conductor to increase the capacity of their hydro-based 100 kV Craiova  - DIF transmission line,
 
The ACCC conductor was provided by Lamifil and hardware for the project was provided by Preformed Line Products. CTC Global's Master Installer, Bill Percy, provided training and installation support.
 
Andrea Michele Sacripanti, Vice President for CTC Global stated: "We are very proud of this important achievement in Romania and will continue to support CEZ as they strive to increase line capacity, reduce line losses and develop a more efficient and robust transmission grid in their region."
 
Craiova is situated near the east bank of the Jiu River in south west Romania. Craiova is a longstanding political center, and is located at approximately equal distance from the Southern Carpathians (to the north) and the River Danube (to the south).


American Electric Power Completes Storm Hardening / Upgrade Project using ACCC Conductor in Corpus Christi, Texas
 
Last month American Electric Power completed the latest of several ACCC installations in Corpus Christi, Texas. The 138 kV single phase, single circuit reconductor project was successfully installed and energized using ACCC Lapwing conductor manufactured by General Cable.

North Houston Pole Line of Quanta Services supported the AEP project. David Pearce, one of CTC Global's Master Installers supported the crews. This particularly challenging installation was completed in just under nine months. In an effort to improve storm resilience, AEP installed new dead-end structures and reinforced bracing on existing tangent structures. 
 
The existing ROW included two major roadways, two underbuilt distribution lines, an underbuilt high voltage transmission line, and close proximity to an international airport.
 
The field tested and proven resiliency of the ACCC conductor has led to the substantial deployment in storm ridden areas like this all over the world. This project marks AEP's 16th ACCC conductor deployment since 2006.


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Correction regarding last month's article: "YPF Completes New 132 kV Wind Farm Tie Line Using ACCC Conductor in Argentina." The hardware supplier for this project was PLP Argentina (not Forjasul as stated). We apologize for this error. 
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T&D World: Belgium pioneers the use of high-temperature, low-sag conductors to increase transmission system load transfer: Elia owns the transmission system in Belgium as well as 94% (ownership and user rights) of the high-voltage distribution network. The 150-kV to 380-kV transmission system is a key link between the electricity markets in northern and southern Europe... READ MORE

T&D India: CTC Global is highly committed to serve India: US-based CTC Global Corporation has developed and owns the rights to the highly efficient ACCC conductor technology. CTC caters to the Indian market with strategic tie-ups with Sterlite Power and Apar. CTC Global is expanding its footprint in India with projects from both government and private entities. We have Dave Bryant and Hitesh Mundhada jointly speaking on CTC Global's journey in India on the road ahead. An interview by Venugopal Pillai. READ MORE

Global Renewable News: How to Improve the Economic Viability of Renewable Resources: Leveraging modern conductors can improve the economic viability of renewable resources projects and enable the power grid to handle added electrical current. Renewable energy resources are often located miles away from local demand centers. Wind farms, for instance, are generally found far from city limits, located on windy mountaintops or rural, prairie lands. READ MORE

Wire & Cable India: More Power to India's T&D Structure through Pioneering ACCC Conductors: The development of cutting-edge ACCC® conductors by CTC Global incorporated highly evolved aerospace technology and materials science to create a new higher-strength, lighter-weight core that could incorporate additional conductive aluminum without a weight or diameter penalty, and be utilized to reduce thermal sag, increase spans between fewer structures, carry more current, reduce line losses and improve grid reliability. READ MORE

T&D India: The SCS certification can drive better adoption of ACCC conductors: SCS has assessed that ACCC conductors developed by CTC Global can reduce CO2 emissions by 27-31 per cent vis-à-vis ACSR conductors. Tell us more about how the underlying tests were performed. How long did the entire... READ MORE

Power Networks: Composite conductor cuts transmission connection time: Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has utilised an innovative composite conductor to cut the grid connection time for Beinneun wind farm by two months. READ MORE

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T&D World: Energized Rebuild: The energized reconductor project in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) that finished in November 2015 is a landmark achievement for American Electric Power (AEP) and the utility industry. By capitalizing on innovative technologies from across the industry, AEP solved an immediate need to provide reliable electricity to its customers in the LRGV and simultaneously addressed future load growth. READ MORE  

Electric Energy T&D: Shedding Light on the Importance of Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability: Following the Western Energy Crisis of 2000 and the Major East Coast Blackout of 2003, a group of engineers from California got together to design a new type of bare overhead conductor that could carry twice the current of conventional without exhibiting excessive conductor sag. READ MORE

The Times of India: Staggered power supply may soon be a thing of the past: The Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL) has planned for high ampacity power supply around Nashik city connecting seven of its 132 kV power stations to deliver quality power to the citizens: READ MORE

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Looking for ACCC Hardware? Check out our Supplier Parts Database 
 
CTC Global added a new Hardware Supplier Parts Database to our website. The database will help you find all of the hardware components you need to install ACCC conductor. The database shows which hardware manufacturers offer the parts you might need in your particular region while offering many options.
 
Please check it out: CLICK HERE

Check out CTC Global's Blog
 
In addition to our monthly newsletter and social media posts, CTC Global also posts articles on the Company's BLOG SITE. If you haven't checked it out, please do when you have free time. You will find an interesting array of project details, industry trends and efficiency discussions and much more. We also do our best to respond to posted comments.

 

 

Free Engineering Manual
 
To help Transmission and Distribution planners, engineers, policy makers, grid operators, technicians and others take full advantage of the ACCC conductor's attributes, CTC Global has published a 250 page Engineering Manual.
 
It offers a very comprehensive set of design guidelines, case studies, figures and facts about conductors and composite materials, and includes links to additional resources and FAQ's
 
To download an electronic version please click: CTC Global Resources
Free Engineering Software

CTC Global created CCP software to help system planners and engineers compare the ampacity, line losses, thermal and ice load sag, and economic aspects of nearly any conductor type and size, so the numerous advantages of the ACCC conductor can be fully realized.
 
The user simply selects the conductor types and sizes from drop down menus and enters the appropriate values & assumptions highlighted in the yellow boxes. The program is fully functional and uses standard industry formulas (such as IEEE 738-2006). Outputs are readily comparable to Sag10®, PLS CADD™ and other similar programs.
 
To request a free copy click here:  CTC Global Software
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