Torino Power starts developing power line sensor
TORINO POWER Solutions Inc. has begun developing a new distribution temperature sensor that will focus on lower voltage overhead distribution cables that are typically found in urban areas. Torino engineers have taken the design of its existing power line monitoring (PLM) transmission sensor and have reduced the overall sensor size by three times, creating one of the most versatile, compact, passive sensors in the market. The Torino distribution sensor weighs only a few ounces and is geared toward the many millions of miles of distribution lines typically seen in neighbourhoods every day.
Distribution systems typically operate in a voltage range of four kilovolts to 72 kilovolts. However, distribution also includes secondary voltage systems, which operate at less than 1,000 volts, that typically connect to electric customers’ homes and offices. Torino’s existing transmission power line monitoring (PLM) sensor been created for utility (higher voltage) transmission lines. Transmission system voltages are typically from 69 kilovolts up to 765 kilovolts.
The distribution sensor market is very large. Utilities worldwide face temperature related problems with local distribution lines. Torino Power Solutions is committed to improving the real-time condition monitoring of the distribution network. This is becoming critical given the increase in integration of distributed energy resources (wind and solar). Torino sensors are designed to help utilities eliminate bottleneck constraints in the flow of power.
About Torino Power Solutions Inc.
Torino Power Solutions is a Vancouver-based technology company that provides its unique, passive power line monitoring system (PLM) system for electrical power transmission and distribution (T&D) grids. T&D infrastructure is in urgent need of expansion and upgrading due to increasing population, growing loads (due to renewable energy sources like wind and solar) and aging equipment. Utilities globally are investing in new technology to improve grid performance and reduce cost for their customers. Torino’s patented microwave cavity sensor technology delivers real-time measurements that allow for closed-loop dynamic line rating leading to improved grid resiliency, lower energy costs and bottleneck elimination.
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