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Quick Update: In the last 60 days,  26 ACCC Conductor Installations have been completed and energized on  5 continents. There are currently 44 active ACCC Conductor installations in  15 countries. As of today, start dates for 27 additional ACCC Conductor installations have also been scheduled to start before the end of this year (with additional projects in the queue for next year). Surprised? Don't be. ACCC Conductor offers the ability to improve the efficiency, capacity, reliability and resilience of the power grid, worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ctcglobal.com or contact info@ctcglobal.com 
National Grid Corporation Vietnam Completes ACCC Conductor Upgrade
 
Earlier this month, National Grid Corporation (NGC) Vietnam completed their 110 kV Viet Tri - Bai Bang line upgrade to increase line capacity. NGC selected 725 kcmil (367.4 mm^2) Amsterdam size ACCC Conductor to replace existing 240/32 ACSR conductor so they could reuse their existing steel lattice structures without modification. The project included two segments including a 110 kV single circuit section of approximately 7.4 kilometers as well as a shorter 0.8 kilometer 110 kV double circuit section.
 
The average span was 300 meters, with the longest span at 537 meters, that traversed several rice paddies and villages.
 
NGC's ACCC Reconductor project was supported with the help of EPC firms Truong Son and TIC. The ACCC Conductor was supplied by CTC Global's manufacturing partner KMI and ACCC Hardware was provided by PLP Belos. Contractors used a 30 kN Tensioner and 50 kN Puller manufactured in China, 810 mm nylon lined sheave wheels and Tesmec Grips. VTD's Mr. Tiep and Mr. Lam were on site to assist.  
 
Việt Trì is the capital city of the Phú Thọ Province in the north-east region of Vietnam and is known for its agricultural and industrial strengths. Bãi Bằng is an industrial area northwest of Hanoi and home to the largest paper mill in Vietnam.
 

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PGCB Completes 1st New "Greenfield" ACCC® Conductor Project in Bangladesh 

Over the last few years, Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd (PGCB) has completed several transmission line upgrades using high-performance, energy-efficient ACCC® Conductor. Last month, PGCB completed their first greenfield ACCC® Conductor project in Barisal, Bangladesh.

The new 45.6 kilometer 230 kV double circuit Patuakhali - Payra transmission line used over 575 kilometers of Hamburg size ACCC Conductor manufactured by Sterlite Power using CTC Global's patented (8.76 mm) ACCC Core. The project included 134 new lattice structures with spans ranging from 87 to 527 meters, traversing varied terrain including wetlands.
China National Cable Engineering Corporation served as PGCB's EPC firm who were further supported by subcontractors Hanbaek and Islamic Engineering Mullah Traders.

Ningbo Dongfang Machinery provided installation equipment and Dervaux provided ACCC Conductor hardware. Training and field support was provided by CTC Global's Regional Service Manager, Samudi Sampangi and ACCC Master Installers Mr. N. J. Balaji and Mr. Mukesh Kumar Jha.

*This story first appeared in CTC's Global's September Newsletter but was inadvertently published as a 'reconductor' project. We apologized for our error.
How High-Performance ACCC Conductors May Reduce the Risk of Fires and Need for Preemptive Power Outages

Over the last several years, California has experienced several major fires during dry and windy conditions that have been attributed to overhead power lines. Utilities in California have been deemed responsible and are paying dearly. While the entire State mourns the loss of life, homes and damage caused by these devastating fires, most of us recognize that dry, windy conditions are beyond the control of our electricity suppliers and understand why they are beginning to use power outages as a strategy to reduce the risk of starting more fires. 
 
While overgrown vegetation around distribution lines may be a primary factor, reduced wire ('conductor') sag may also help reduce the likelihood of short circuit events and fires.
 
Taking a closer look: As bare overhead conductors carry increased levels of electrical current, their electrical resistance causes the wires to heat up. This heat results in expansion of the steel core and conductive aluminum wires resulting in conductor sag. Traditional steel-reinforced aluminum wires, known as ACSR, exhibit substantial sag under heavy electrical load conditions.
 
The modern high-capacity, low-sag ACCC Conductor uses a hybrid carbon fiber core that does not stretch when heated. This attribute not only prevents thermal sag, it also allows the conductor to carry twice as much power. Its ability to carry more power without thermal sag may allow grid operators to reroute power around high risk areas to reduce the number of people and businesses impacted by preemptive outages, in certain instances.
 
A second tier benefit - also observed by some utilities - is that the ACCC conductor's composite core has a very high heat capacity, meaning that it can take a lot of heat for short periods of time without concern. With equal importance, the ACCC Conductor's fully annealed conductive aluminum strands are not impacted by heat - meaning that, if exposed to intense heat caused by fires under the transmission lines, the ACCC Conductor's wires are not weakened. These factors can not only reduce the likelihood of starting fires, they can also help ensure that impacted lines can be placed back into service very quickly.
 
While climate change is increasing the severity and frequency of these types of events and utilities are working hard to combat these factors, the ability to restore power quickly is key. These points underscore the critical need to use modern technology such as the ACCC Conductor.

For more information please contact CTC Global at info@ctcglobal.com

Iberdrola Completes Circuit 2 ACCC® Conductor Installation for CFE in Sinaola Mexico 

To support Iberdrola's new combined cycle natural gas electric power plant and adjacent 230 kV substation, Iberdrola, with the help of Grupo Grytsa and El Roble Construction, completed the installation of 47 kilometers of Drake size ACCC Conductor on the new double-circuit, double-bundled 230 kV Topolobampo transmission line and 230 kV substation at Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
 
ACCC Conductor for the project was provided by Conductores Monterrey (Viakon) and hardware was supplied by PLP Mexico. 
 
Iberdrola's new power plant will produce roughly 665 MW, which will help CFE accommodate growing demand for electric energy in the region. The use of ACCC Conductor will help ensure reliability and efficiency in the coming years.
 
To date, Viakon has delivered over 1,700 kilometers of ACCC Conductor for projects in Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Panama and Brasil.
Initiating Transmission Investment, Expansion, and Planning to Take on the Renewable Future


Earlier this month, October 22 - 24 in Scottsdale AZ, CTC Global sponsored and participated in the 11th Annual Transmission Summit West. The summit this year was held concurrently with the Mountain West Renewables Conference. The summit title was "Initiating Transmission Investment, Expansion, and Planning to Take on the Renewable Future" and the agenda was rich with issue identification and some potential solutions for integrating more renewable into the western transmission system. 

CTC Global's David Townley, Director of Public Policy, served on a panel that explored "Increasing the Efficiency of the Current Transmission System". The point that Townley made was that having every transmission capital project include energy efficiency criteria along with capacity and cost at the project design stage was one way of getting more efficiency built into the transmission system. 

Minnesota's Energy Office with the state regulatory office implemented such a policy directive to the utilities in Minnesota earlier this year. During the conference, Townley had discussions with several policy and regulatory officials from the western states about initiating a discussion within their state of just such a policy. Several states, east and west, have expressed interest in exploring a T&D energy efficiency policy which would reduce T&D system losses more rapidly than without the policy. 

The states would expect reduced T&D system losses to bring lower energy costs to electricity consumers, reduce the amount CO2 released into the air, and reduce the amount of new clean energy generating plant capacity that will need to be built to serve customer loads. 

For more information on the T&D Energy Efficiency Policy Initiative contact David Townley dtownley@ctcglobal.com   

Radio Interview with J.D. Sitton, CEO of CTC Global

Learn more about CTC Global, why the ACCC Conductor has been selected for over 700 projects by over 250 Utilities and how the advantages we offer are helping improve the quality of life for millions of people, worldwide. This is a 45 minute interview, but delivers several very impactful messages by a great company leader.


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CTC Global's Conductor Comparison Program CCP Software is Available Online

CTC Global is pleased to announce that our highly regarded Conductor Comparison Program (CCP) software is now available online, and is accessible at: 
LINK  The new web-based version has all the features found in the Excel version, which has been replaced and will no longer be supported. The new version is designed to make it easier to use, and it also has some new features. Having CCP online will make it easier to keep it up-to-date with new wire files and other data, and to add improvements as they are made. Users will always know they have the current version every time they log in. CCP is also compatible with tablets.

All data required for calculations is entered on one page. Representative ACCC® Conductors are automatically selected based on the "base" conductor selected. Some fields are automatically entered based on earlier entries or saved user preferences. For example, latitude is entered from a web app based on the project location, and currency conversion is provided using real-time web app information. The user can edit most input data, including default and automatically selected data. Registered users can save multiple projects, recall them, modify them and save them as new projects or overwrite the existing projects.

CCP comparison output is displayed on a separate page. Frequently changed input used for sensitivity analysis is conveniently provided on that same page to minimize toggling between pages. Registered users can export reports that break out sections of the output to PDF and Excel files.

Registration to use CCP requires only a valid email address and password. Users may also use CCP as a guest however, saving and export features are only available to registered users.

Thank you for using our CCP. We welcome your feedback. For technical support, please contact ccphelp@ctcglobal.com
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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

Electric Energy T&D: Envisioning the 21st Century Grid: How will renewable energies shape the future of the worlds electrical grid? READ MORE

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.
 
 
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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
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