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Outsmarting Power Surges

November 5, 2016

Since 2014, the Hudson Valley has been protected from damaging power surges thanks to a Superconducting Fault Current Limiter (SCFCL) from New York State’s Smart Grid program. Located at the Knapps Corners substation, the SCFCL smart grid—the only one of its kind in New York—has put a stop to 22 cases of power surges that could have damaged transformers and caused expensive repairs. Members of the Hudson Valley community are not the only ones who’ve taken notice of the technology’s success. With high praise from experts, New York’s smart grid is also garnering global interest—especially as electrical disruptions plague cities around the world. As just one example, Glow Energy, an electric power company in Thailand, recently bought the technology to help protect their own equipment.