The significance of the electrical substation and why cooling is needed more than ever
The humble electricity substation may not be the most exciting part of the electricity network, but it is an essential component in the drive for sufficient energy supply and efficiencies. The systems Transcool Systems can provide could be used to keep the network’s electricity substations from overheating, and allow for guaranteed demand. It also allows companies to work more effectively towards stringent environmental targets.
The importance of the substation
Substations play a vital role in the electricity network. It links up cables and changes the voltage, and in so doing means the electricity is safe to use. Without them, the power created in the larger power stations would not be able to make its way into our homes and businesses.
It seems a small cog in a vast machine, but the substation is more important than people think. Only now are energy companies beginning to realise the significant role substations could play in solving some of our most pressing energy issues.
When you are looking to solve big problems such as increased energy demand and harsh environmental targets, it is easy to look for big solutions. Energy companies find themselves embroiled in complex carbon coal sequestration projects that suck up time and money.
Experts are beginning to realise that working on the effectiveness of the substation could be more significant.
By isolating faults, updating basic gear, monitoring and automating substations, energy companies realise they have more chance to meet increasing demand. Updated and maintained substations give a strong level of security and safety of supply.
A significant issue is over-utilisation of a substation – especially with demand continuing to rise exponentially. Therefore, monitoring for problems such as high losses, poor reliability, and voltage and power quality problems are essential.
The problem of heat
Some substations operate at 11,000 volts. This creates much heat. When the weather hots up too, there is nowhere for this heat to go. Therefore, there is a need to cool the substations in a co-ordinated way to make the substations more efficient.
Cooling the substation will also allow companies to extend the life of the equipment. Using improved ventilation, heat extraction fans and other strategies, the cooler substations will last for longer. Not only will more life be eked out of the technology, but cooler substations have been proven to release more power into the electricity network.
Being the solution for substations
A pioneering project called Celsius was one of the first of its kind to promote the importance of cooling in substations. It helped to highlight the importance of cooling techniques for substations.
Data from the monitors will help to understand the optimum temperature for substations to get the most power out of the network. If the substation runs too hot, with increased demand and hot conditions outdoors, then the cooling equipment can be used to reduce the heat.
The reduction in wear-and-tear on small, but essential, parts in the substation can ultimately save an energy company much money. Increased efficiency in delivering power means that each substation is more cost-effective. Such savings in money can then be passed on to the customers, as well as contributing to the solution for a low carbon future.
If you are interested in learning more about the cooling systems offered by Transcool Systems, contact us for more information today.