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Wildfire Mitigation – Detecting and Isolating for Falling Conductors in Midair – Using 900 MHz Private LTE at Protection Speeds
Anterix and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories collaborated on a white paper to document the successful application of falling conductor protection (FCP) for wildfire mitigation when enabled by a private LTE network using Anterix’s low-band 900 MHz spectrum.
Utilities in areas at high risk for wildfires are looking for grid modernization solutions that leverage integrated broadband wireless technology and wildfire mitigation capabilities. Over the last decade, the electrical power system has increasingly been the source of wildfire ignition. Environmental factors (e.g., climate change, increased temperatures, dry air and land, and high winds) combined with the arcs generated by electric power system equipment significantly increase the risk of wildfire.
By deploying FCP technology, utilities can detect a broken conductor and de-energize the affected line segment in less than one second as the line is falling, significantly mitigating the fire hazard associated with an energized conductor arcing on the ground. This ability to detect and de-energize a falling conductor relies on ubiquitous, high bandwidth, low latency communications enabled by a low-band LTE network.
The full co-authored whitepaper, “Wildfire Mitigation – Detecting and Isolating for Falling Conductors in Midair – Using 900 MHz Private LTE at Protection Speeds” is available below.
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