A Swiss engineering group says it has developed a new circuit breaker that will help utilities transfer power over longer distances, making for more efficient and reliable electric supplies, reports the Associated Press at Yahoo News. ABB Group announced it developed the world’s first circuit breaker for high-voltage direct current, HDVC, which will facilitate the long-distance transfer of hydropower, wind and solar power. “This historical breakthrough will make it possible to build the grid of the future. said Joe Hogan, the company’s CEO. The Swiss firm said its new switch removes a barrier to developing DC transmission grids — and solves a century-old electrical engineering puzzle — because it can interrupt power flows equivalent to the output of a large power station within five milliseconds, which is “30 times faster than the blink of a human eye.” The new circuit breaker could make inroads in a market potentially worth billions of dollars. The HVDC lines could be used by nations such Germany and Switzerland that want to move away from nuclear power toward renewable energies.
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Swiss firm says its new switch to aid green energy. A Swiss engineering group said Wednesday it has developed a new circuit breaker that will help utilities transfer power over longer distances, making for more efficient and reliable electric supplies. Associated Press http://news.yahoo.com/swiss-firm-says-switch-aid-green-energy-192454608–finance.html