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CTC Global Recognized as a Top Ten Electric Utility Solution Provider

Each year Utilities Tech Outlook Magazine announces their Top Ten Electric Utility Solution Providers who are recognized for their innovations and efforts to help utilities deliver power more efficiently while keeping rates low. This year CTC Global was among the companies honored with this recognition.  
 
   
CTC Global's Conductor Comparison Program CCP Software is Now 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 ccp.ctcglobal.com 
 
An email with a link is being sent to current users of our Excel-based CCP who have an email address on file with us.

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
   
CTC Global Introduces ACCC® AZR™ Conductor Designed to Mitigate Heavy Ice Loads 

How CTC Global and its ACCC Manufacturing Partners are Shattering Heavy Ice Loads
 
Unlike steel which will plastically (and permanently) deform and yield under extreme ice load conditions, the ACCC composite core is fully elastic. The benefit is obvious, but the drawback is that under extreme ice it can sag more than a conventional steel core conductor.
 
To combat this issue CTC Global offers many strategies:
In several designs we have simply increased the size of the standard 310 ksi ACCC core (for comparison, high strength steel is rated at 285 ksi), which can do the trick. We have also designed and fully tested a higher strength ACCC core rated at 375 ksi. We call this product ACCC ULS, which has been installed at approximately three dozen projects, worldwide. The ACCC ULS version also has a higher modulus which means it stretches less under extreme ice load conditions.
 
In some cases, smaller diameter ACCC designs can also be effective at minimizing sag under heavy ice conditions. Most recently CTC Global has introduced ACCC AZR conductor which consists of either a standard 310 ksi core or a 375 ksi core, either of which are then stranded with one or more layers of AT3 Aluminum Zirconium alloy strands. (see ASTM Standard B-941 or IEC Standard 62004).
 
At this time, two configurations have been developed and fully tested, that use the standard 310 ksi ACCC core. These products are known as ACCC AZR 826 kcmil Calgary and ACCC AZR 994 kcmil Toronto. The Toronto is essentially a Drake size equivalent with a 1.108" outer diameter, a larger .415" core (our standard ACCC Drake equivalent uses a .375" core) and has a rated strength of 44,500 pounds compared to our standard ACCC Drake equivalent at 41,100 pounds. For comparison, ACSR Drake is rated at 31,500 pounds.
 
The Calgary version is slightly smaller in diameter at 1.010" and rated at 39,700 pounds. It uses a .375" 310 ksi ACCC core and uses Type 1350-O fully annealed aluminum on the inner layer and Type AT3 Aluminum Zirconium alloy on the outer layer. We have other AZR conductor sizes in the queue to help our customers deal with challenging projects.
 
The take away is that we can help you find a cost effective and efficient conductor solution no matter what challenges you face.
 
Link to PRESS RELEASE
 
Please let us know how we can help. www.ctcglobal.com

Bill White Chairs EUCI Transmission Conference at PSE&G

Bill White, Director of Business Development for the Northeastern U.S. for CTC Global, chaired the EUCI Transmission Upgrades & Reconductoring Technologies Summit on October 10 - 11 at PSE&G in South Plainfield, New Jersey.
 
The conference covered regulatory initiatives, issues related to reliability and resiliency, the utility decision-making process for transmission investments, and innovative technological solutions to increasingly difficult engineering challenges.
 
Several utilities presented detailed case studies to highlight role of new technologies, including: high performance conductors, energized reconductoring, helicopter-assisted construction, structure-raising, and bird-strike mitigation.
 
James Berger, Managing Director of Transmission Projects for AEP, described how the company has expanded its use of ACCC Conductor from a pilot project in 2006 to "mainstream" use today, with over 15 projects totaling more than 300 line miles (thousands of conductor miles) now in service.
 
Amit Urs, Project Manager at National Grid (US), and Kevin Baxter of Power Engineers described how a combination of technologies, including ACCC Conductor and AmpJack tower raising, are enabling them to complete a line upgrade without replacing 95 year-old lattice towers.
CTC GLOBAL AND GUPTA POWER ANNOUNCE THEIR PARTNERSHIP TO MANUFACTURE HIGH PERFORMANCE ACCC CONDUCTORS IN INDIA

CTC Global and Gupta Power announced that they have established a new partnership to produce, distribute, market and sell ACCC electrical conductors in India using CTC Global's internationally patented ACCC conductor core and settled the litigation filed by CTC Global relating to the enforcement of its patent rights in India. Read More Here
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We're dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality products by employing, developing, empowering and retaining the most energetic and talented employees. At CTC Global we value our employees highly and understand that the company's success is the sum of the success of every individual in the organization.

CTC Global is an equal opportunity employer, provides a drug-free workplace, free of discrimination and harassment, and offers a comprehensive benefits package to its full-time employees. For information on a challenging and rewarding position at CTC Global, please check out our numerous job postings on our website at: https://www.ctcglobal.com/careers/
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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.
 
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
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CTC Global proudly works with top-tier manufacturing partners worldwide

 

ACCC® Conductor is an internationally patented and trademark registered product of CTC Global Corporation.  The ACCC conductor is manufactured in association with more than two dozen qualified and licensed international stranding partners. If you are interested in the ACCC conductor, please contact CTC Global to make sure your supplier is authorized to produce and deliver ACCC conductor in your area.  Thank You. 
 
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