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How the use of ACCC® Conductor is helping combat climate change. Between 2005 and 2010, the newly introduced ACCC® Conductor was used to increase the capacity of 3,500 circuit kilometers of transmission lines in a handful of countries.

How the use of ACCC® Conductor is helping combat climate change

Today, over 27,000 circuit kilometers of ACCC Conductor are in service in 51 countries (as of 12/2019). While the ACCC Conductor was initially deployed to increase the capacity of existing transmission lines to alleviate congestion, mitigate sag clearance violations, accommodate load growth and enable the integration of renewables, its improved conductivity is also reducing electrical line losses which serves to reduce fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions— subsequently helping combat climate change.

To put this in perspective, consider the cost of purchasing 600,000 electric cars. Assuming they were powered by 100% renewable energy and the cost per vehicle was $30,000 dollars, that would represent an $18 billion dollar investment. Advancement of Conductor Technology - ACCC InfoCore™ System. The ACCC InfoCore™ System reduces real-world conductor installation risk experienced by utilities, contractors and lineman across the globe.

Advancement of Conductor Technology - ACCC InfoCore™ System

These dedicated professionals know that even with the best tools, equipment and field conditions, accidents can happen. By using a proprietary infrared light system, special fibers in the core, and a robust data-capture and recording methodology, the ACCC InfoCore™ System can confirm the integrity of the conductor in minutes. While not mandatory, this capability serves to improve reliability and confidence. The system is capable of confirming very long continuous spans and is currently being utilized globally.

The process begins by accessing the conductor at each end, prepping the core ends using tools provided in the ACCC InfoCore™ Verification Kit. Consumers benefit when ACCC® Conductors are installed on their grid. Some benefits are obvious, others not so much… Higher Transmission Line Capacity: Increased line capacity offers numerous benefits to the consumer: It can reduce “congestion costs” by providing access to the least expensive sources of generation.It can provide access to the cleanest sources of generation to reduce air and water pollution and help combat climate change.It can accommodate load growth to support local economic development and attract new businesses.It can reduce the likelihood of blackouts by providing alternate pathways for power delivery during severe weather events.It can lower overall consumer costs as energy costs are passed through to consumers by the power companies and local businesses.It can help people stay employed – High energy costs have driven many businesses away and employment has suffered.

Consumers benefit when ACCC® Conductors are installed on their grid

Improved Energy Efficiency: Reconductoring with ACCC® Conductor Offers Major Benefits. Did you know that by using ACCC® Conductor a utility can increase the power and the efficiency of a power line by replacing the wires on the existing towers?

Reconductoring with ACCC® Conductor Offers Major Benefits

This is usually not a choice when using traditional ACSR conductors. A larger traditional conductor is often too heavy for the existing structures. But an ACCC Conductor with the same diameter and weight as the “old” wire can be installed on the existing structures to provide increased capacity while significantly reducing power line losses. ACCC® Conductor & The Value of Grid Resilience. The ACCC® Conductor Composite Core has survived a tornado strike, wild fire, direct rifle shot, and crane strike; All real-world examples of proven resiliency.

ACCC® Conductor & The Value of Grid Resilience

The hybrid composite core of the ACCC® Conductor in conjunction with the trapezoidal aluminum strands allows ~28 % more aluminum without a diameter or weight penalty compared to a traditional ACSR (steel core) conductor. This, along with the thermal properties of the composite core, essentially doubles the ampacity of a replaced “Reconductored” line and can reduce associated line losses by up to 40%. These grid resilience capabilities give grid operators the ability to redirect current through this added capacity in order to avoid overheating adjacent lines during an outage. The ACCC Conductor is Saving Water. Did you know that 40 percent of all clean water consumed in the United States is used to produce electricity and that a modern combined cycle natural gas plant consumes over 45 cubic meters of clean filtered water for every megawatt hour of electricity it produces?

The ACCC Conductor is Saving Water

Consider this: The ACCC Conductor has been deployed to more than 800 projects in 52 countries representing more than 100,000 kilometers of ACCC in service today. The line loss reductions are effectively saving over 300 Megawatts of Generation Capacity, which is also saving water. If you consider that the annual output of this plant would exceed 2.6 million megawatt hours of electricity, you’d realize that operating this plant would require over 117 million cubic meters of water per year. The use of ACCC Conductor is effectively saving enough water to fill 48,000 Olympic size swimming pools every year. Emission Reduction Initiatives - Leveraging ACCC® Conductor Technology. Initially deployed to increase the capacity and reduce thermal sag on highly congested transmission lines, the ACCC® Conductor is also being widely deployed to help meet emission reduction initiatives.

Emission Reduction Initiatives - Leveraging ACCC® Conductor Technology

The ACCC Conductor’s lightweight composite core enables the use of nearly 30% more conductive aluminum which reduces electrical resistance and line losses by 25 to 40% or more. Reduced line losses serve to reduce fuel consumption and associated emissions. In many parts of the world, financial institutions such as Asian Development, World Bank, and others are funding transmission projects where the ACCC® Conductor is being deployed – not only to help deliver more power to support economic development – but also to leverage the line loss reductions and efficiency aspects of the ACCC® Conductor, which are helping them achieve their emission reduction mandates.

Reconductoring with ACCC® Conductor Offers Major Benefits. Improve Grid performance with these 3 Technologies from CTC Global. When it comes to improving the performance of the grid, CTC Global has already exceeded the expectations of its client and customers by providing them with the most reliable, efficient and resilient conductors – ACCC® Conductor.

Improve Grid performance with these 3 Technologies from CTC Global

These conductors are based on advanced composite technology which was earlier developed for aerospace and other highly demanding applications where providing enhanced performance and durability of the products are highly important. When it comes to CTC Global technology, it holds a large number of U.S. and other international patents that mainly includes these four major technologies: ACCC® ConductorACCC® AZR ConductorACCC® Composite CoreACCC® Conductor Hardware The technical team at CTC Global has continuously worked towards raising the performance bar and has provided its customers with the most innovative, advanced and cost-effective overhead conductor solutions available in the market today.

AEP uses ACCC ® Conductor: a case for energy efficient conductors. In 2016, American Electric Power won the Edison Award for Transmission Project of the Year.

AEP uses ACCC ® Conductor: a case for energy efficient conductors

They replaced two 120 mile long 345 kV circuits of ACSR conductor with ACCC® Conductor with a goal of nearly doubling line capacity without having to rebuild or replace existing structures (to save time, money and environmental impact). The project was completed while the line remained energized. While the primary goals were achieved and the project completed eight months ahead of schedule, the use of ACCC Conductor also reduced line losses by a whopping 30%. Reduced line losses in this case translates into a 300,000 MWh savings per year (~$15 million @ $50.00 / MWh). It also reduces CO2 emissions by ~200,000 metric tons per year (the equivalent of removing 34,000 cars from the road). Advancement of Conductor Technology - ACCC InfoCore™ System. How important is it to reduce Carbon Footprint? Role of CTC Global in this.

According to the U.S.

How important is it to reduce Carbon Footprint? Role of CTC Global in this.

Energy Information Administration, greenhouse gases are the gases that keep heat in the earth’s atmosphere. Although these gases do occur naturally, still the human activities has contributed a lot in greenhouse gas emissions. It is very important for us to understand that the rise in carbon dioxide level because of human activities and energy consumption right from the time when industrial revolution started has now become the major cause behind overall warming of the planet that is having impacts around the globe.

Using and wasting electricity, driving vehicles and industrial work are a few common activities due to which the hazardous gases are emitted. Burning of fuel is dangerous in many ways as it not only generates carbon dioxide, but also several other air pollutants that are really harmful to human health. NEA Completes 1st ACCC® Conductor Installation in Nepal. With the support of Mudbhary and Joshi Construction pvt, Ltd., Nepal Electric Authority (NEA) completed upgradation of their 33 kV Dhalkebar to Mujeliya Line in Nepal. NEA selected 242 kcmil Silvassa size ACCC Conductor to replace ACSR Dog size conductor.

The ~22 circuit kilometer double circuit line used 144 kilometers of ACCC Conductor provided by Apar Industries Ltd. The reconductor project used existing steel lattice structures with ~130 meter spans without modification. There were a few longer spans over waterways and highways. The primary drivers of the project were to increase line capacity to serve growing demand in the Janakpur (Mujeliya) Area and improve system reliability. SCE Uses ACCC® Conductor to Mitigate Sag and Increase Capacity. In 2016, CPUC gave SCE approval to mitigate sag clearance issues and increase line capacity from 936 amps to 1520 amps on the 230 kV Rector to Vestal lines (1&2) and on the 230 kV Vestal to Magunden lines (1&2) in the Big Creek Transmission Corridor.

The use of the ACCC® Conductor enabled SCE to minimize the need to modify or replace existing structures on the 137 circuit mile project which saved time, money and the need for special permitting. SCE selected 714 kcmil Dove size ACCC Conductor. The upgraded lines also eliminated load shedding during low-hydro conditions. The Big Creek Hydro Project is located 60 miles north of Fresno, California at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It currently has 6 major reservoirs, 27 dams, and 9 powerhouses.

In September 2020, a wildfire burned more than 375,000 acres causing extensive damage to other transmission and distribution lines in the area. Advancement of Conductor Technology - ACCC InfoCore™ System. The ACCC InfoCore™ System reduces real-world conductor installation risk experienced by utilities, contractors and lineman across the globe. These dedicated professionals know that even with the best tools, equipment and field conditions, accidents can happen. By using a proprietary infrared light system, special fibers in the core, and a robust data-capture and recording methodology, the ACCC InfoCore™ System can confirm the integrity of the conductor in minutes.

While not mandatory, this capability serves to improve reliability and confidence. The system is capable of confirming very long continuous spans and is currently being utilized globally. Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. This article discusses the importance of transmission line efficiency and explains how replacing conventional ACSR conductor with CTC Global’s ACCC conductor is less expensive than switching incandescent light bulbs to modern LED light bulbs. Following the Western Energy Crisis of 2000 and the Major East Coast Blackout of 2003, a group of engineers at CTC Global in California got together to design a new type of bare overhead conductor that could carry twice the current of a conventional conductor without exhibiting excessive conductor sag, while improving transmission line efficiency.

The team essentially replaced steel core strands, used to strengthen most types of overhead conductors, with a composite core made up of high-strength carbon and glass fibers. The composite core offered a coefficient of thermal expansion nearly ten times less than steel. Increasing line capacity offers several advantages. In recent years, Smart Grid was envisioned. Emission Reduction Initiatives - Leveraging ACCC® Conductor Technology. Initially deployed to increase the capacity and reduce thermal sag on highly congested transmission lines, the ACCC® Conductor is also being widely deployed to help meet emission reduction initiatives. The ACCC Conductor’s lightweight composite core enables the use of nearly 30% more conductive aluminum which reduces electrical resistance and line losses by 25 to 40% or more.

Reduced line losses serve to reduce fuel consumption and associated emissions. In many parts of the world, financial institutions such as Asian Development, World Bank, and others are funding transmission projects where the ACCC® Conductor is being deployed – not only to help deliver more power to support economic development – but also to leverage the line loss reductions and efficiency aspects of the ACCC® Conductor, which are helping them achieve their emission reduction mandates.

The ACCC Conductor is Saving Water. Did you know that 40 percent of all clean water consumed in the United States is used to produce electricity and that a modern combined cycle natural gas plant consumes over 45 cubic meters of clean filtered water for every megawatt hour of electricity it produces? Consider this: Taiwan Power Company Deploys ACCC® Conductor. Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. Consumers benefit when ACCC® Conductors are installed on their grid. Some benefits are obvious, others not so much… Emission Reduction Initiatives - Leveraging ACCC® Conductor Technology. Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. How important is it to reduce Carbon Footprint? Role of CTC Global in this. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, greenhouse gases are the gases that keep heat in the earth’s atmosphere. Although these gases do occur naturally, still the human activities has contributed a lot in greenhouse gas emissions. It is very important for us to understand that the rise in carbon dioxide level because of human activities and energy consumption right from the time when industrial revolution started has now become the major cause behind overall warming of the planet that is having impacts around the globe.

Using and wasting electricity, driving vehicles and industrial work are a few common activities due to which the hazardous gases are emitted. ACCC Composite Core production in Indonesia announced by CTC Global. Emission Reduction Initiatives - Leveraging ACCC® Conductor Technology. Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. How important is it to reduce Carbon Footprint? Role of CTC Global in this. Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. How important is it to reduce Carbon Footprint? Role of CTC Global in this. National Electric Power Company Selects ACCC® Conductor for Transmission Line Upgrades in Jordan. With the support of Energoprojekt ENTEL, ARCC Arabian Romanian Electromechanical and Transrail Lighting Ltd, the National Electric Power Company of Jordan began a series of reconductor projects to increase the efficiency, capacity and reliability of their 132 kV system. Taiwan Power Company Deploys ACCC® Conductor.

CTC Global's Free conductor comparison CCP™ Software now 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 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. Brookfield Renewable Selects ACCC® Conductor for Challenging Long Span Project in Tennessee.

Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. How important is it to reduce Carbon Footprint? Role of CTC Global in this. Gupta Power & OPTCL Complete ACCC® Conductor Upgrade in Odisha, India. Under very challenging Covid-19 circumstances, Gupta Power Infrastructure Limited completed their 1st ACCC® Reconductoring project for Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (OPTCL) in a short timeframe. OPTCL selected 540 kcmil (273.7 mm^2) Casablanca size ACCC Conductor manufactured by Gupta Power for their 16.4 circuit kilometer 132/220/400 kV Mendhasal substation to Khurda 33/132 kV Substation reconductor project.

The upgraded line, which replaced ~40 year old ACSR Panther size conductor allows an increase in capacity to serve an industrial zone of the Khurda district situated near Odisha’s capital city, Bhubaneswar, as well as providing power to the East Coast Railway. William Allen - CTC Global's Newest ACCC® Master Installer. Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. How important is it to reduce Carbon Footprint? Role of CTC Global in this. William Allen - CTC Global's Newest ACCC® Master Installer. Gupta Power & OPTCL Complete ACCC® Conductor Upgrade in Odisha, India. Pampa Energia de Argentina Completes ACCC® Reconductoring Project. Earlier this month, Pampa Energia de Argentina completed their 132 kV ACCC Reconductoring project on the Corti Wind Farm to the Bahía Blanca substation of the Transba Región Sur company.

Pampa Energia selected 788 kcmil (367.4 mm^2) Cordoba size ACCC® Conductor to replace the original 300/50 mm^2 ACSR conductor, thereby increasing line capacity to 1,200 amps. Engineering for the project was provided by SACDE and installation was provided by Ingenieria Ronza SA. The ACCC Conductor installed at the project was provided by IMSA and hardware was provided by Dervaux. Brookfield Renewable Selects ACCC® Conductor for Challenging Long Span Project in Tennessee. EPRI Successfully Completes Test of ACCC Conductor and Hardware.

For those of you that are interested, but didn’t see this sooner, EPRI completed their 1,500 thermo-mechanical cycle test of CTC Global’s ACCC® Conductor along with Burndy and AFL dead-ends and splices in early 2017. The test protocol, designed to represent 30+ years of service, was completed successfully at 180 degrees C. Each cycle lasted for approximately 5 hours. In collaboration with CTC Global, EPRI was able to utilize improved controls to complete the test successfully. The physical condition of the conductor and connectors did not change significantly from when they were initially installed in EPRI’s test fixture. Transmission Line Capacity, Efficiency, and Reliability are highly important. Bihar State Power Completes ACCC® Reconductor Projects in India. AEP uses ACCC ® Conductor: a case for energy efficient conductors. Consumers benefit when ACCC® Conductors are installed on their grid.

The ACCC Conductor is Saving Water. CTC Global Performs Virtual Factory Acceptance Testing. Emission Reduction Initiatives - Leveraging ACCC® Conductor Technology. AEP uses ACCC ® Conductor: a case for energy efficient conductors. How Utilities Are Leveraging ACCC® Conductor Technology to Achieve Their Emission Reduction Initiatives. Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. Southern Vietnam Power 220 kV ACCC® Upgrade Completed in Vietnam. First ACCC® Conductor installation in Montenegro. ACCC® Intallation in China on Milestone 1100 kV DC Project in China. Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. Bihar State Power Completes ACCC® Reconductor Projects in India. How Utilities Are Leveraging ACCC® Conductor Technology to Achieve Their Emission Reduction Initiatives. CTC Global Co-Sponsors California Energy Summit. How important is it to reduce Carbon Footprint? Role of CTC Global in this. How Utilities Are Leveraging ACCC® Conductor Technology to Achieve Their Emission Reduction Initiatives.

COPEL to Begin Reconductoring 230 kV Double Circuit Londrina to Ibiporã Transmission Line. NPT/PTC1 Completes ACCC® Reconductor Project in Vietnam. CTC Global Co-Sponsors California Energy Summit. Consumers benefit when ACCC® Conductors are installed on their grid. The ACCC Conductor is Saving Water. Bihar State Power Completes ACCC® Reconductor Projects in India. Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. AEP uses ACCC ® Conductor: a case for energy efficient conductors. ACCC® Intallation in China on Milestone 1100 kV DC Project in China. Consumers benefit when ACCC® Conductors are installed on their grid.

How important is it to reduce Carbon Footprint? Role of CTC Global in this. AEP uses ACCC ® Conductor: a case for energy efficient conductors. First ACCC® Conductor installation in Montenegro. Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. How important is it to reduce Carbon Footprint? Role of CTC Global in this. Southern Vietnam Power 220 kV ACCC® Upgrade Completed in Vietnam. A Case for Energy Efficient Conductors. EDP Completes 5th ACCC Installation in Portugal. Bihar State Power Completes ACCC® Reconductor Projects in India. High-Capacity, Low-Sag ACCC conductors outperform other conductors. Consumers benefit when ACCC® Conductors are installed on their grid. CTC Global wins patent infringement suit against Mercury Cable & Energy. ACCC Composite Core production in Indonesia announced by CTC Global.

Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. ACCC® Conductor Installed on Milestone 1100 kV DC Project in China. CTC Global Performs Virtual Factory Acceptance Testing. Southern Vietnam Power 220 kV ACCC® Upgrade Completed in Vietnam. High-Capacity, Low-Sag ACCC conductors outperform other conductors. First ACCC® AZR Conductor Installation in Europe Underway. ENEL Goias Completes Five ACCC® Transmission Line Upgrades in Brazil.

Consumers benefit when ACCC® Conductors are installed on their grid. Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability. ACCC® Conductor Installed on Milestone 1100 kV DC Project in China. Southern Vietnam Power 220 kV ACCC® Upgrade Completed in Vietnam. First ACCC® Conductor installation in Montenegro. ACCC® Conductor Installed on Milestone 1100 kV DC Project in China.