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Integration of smart technologies allows SPDs real-time monitoring

December 8, 2023 11:35 am

Integration of smart technologies allows SPDs real-time monitoring
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Engaging in educational initiatives about the benefits of surge protection devices and their role in power efficiency could help create awareness and drive adoption.

Collaboration, education, and innovation are key to driving awareness and effective integration of SPDs in today’s evolving electrical landscape. In this article, Samir Shankar discusses this perspective with EPR Magazine.

How can manufacturers contribute to promoting surge protection devices, ensuring transparent pricing?

Manufacturers can collaborate with regulatory bodies to establish industry standards, promote transparent pricing structures, and advocate for policies encouraging efficient resource use. Additionally, engaging in educational initiatives about the benefits of surge protection devices and their role in power efficiency could help create awareness and drive adoption. A multi-faceted approach that combines industry collaboration, educational campaigns, innovation, and policy advocacy can be the most effective in catalysing change in this sector.

How does the integration of smart technologies contribute to the enhancement of SPDs?

Integrating smart technologies, such as IoT (Internet of Things) capabilities, allows surge protection devices to provide real-time monitoring and data analytics. This enhances the device’s ability to detect and respond to surges and enables predictive maintenance, reducing downtime and enhancing overall reliability. Combining different technologies, such as spark gaps, MOVs, gas discharge tubes or other elements, creates hybrid surge protection devices. This approach provides a more comprehensive and layered defence against various surges, offering improved protection for critical electrical infrastructure.

Implementing machine learning algorithms in surge protection devices allows them to adapt and optimise their response based on historical data and real-time conditions. This dynamic response can enhance the overall effectiveness of the protection, especially in complex and changing electrical environments. Collectively, these emerging technologies contribute to more efficient and adaptive surge protection devices, ensuring enhanced protection for critical electrical infrastructure in an increasingly sophisticated and interconnected electrical landscape.

How can SPDs seamlessly integrate into smart grids and electrical infrastructure to provide real-time surge protection?

Integrating Surge Protective Devices (SPDs) into smart grids and electrical infrastructure enhances reliability through diverse approaches. Initially, the timely installation of SPDs is crucial. Furthermore, incorporating Internet of Things (IoT) technology facilitates real-time monitoring, enabling swift responses to potential issues. Remote control and automation streamline operations, while data analytics harness insights for informed decision-making. Integration with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems enhances predictive maintenance, optimising system performance. Embracing distributed architecture and participating in grid modernisation initiatives collectively fortify power distribution, ensuring a resilient and efficient electrical infrastructure for the future.

What strategies and tools are available for effective maintenance and performance monitoring of SPDs?

Implementing a robust maintenance and performance monitoring approach for SPDs involves several key tools. These include adhering to regular inspection schedules, utilising remote monitoring systems, employing condition-based monitoring for preventive measures, employing data logging for remote diagnosis, and conducting end-of-life assessments. Each tool ensures the SPDs operate effectively and are promptly addressed to maintain optimal performance and safety. Additionally, power quality monitoring or thermal imaging can help to verify its installation health and integrity, apart from just the healthiness check of SPD, to ensure continued effectiveness and reliability of the electrical installation.

What key measures should be implemented to safeguard power infrastructure from EMP related disruptions?

To safeguard power infrastructure from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) related disruption, specialised surge protection solutions and standards should be implemented. This is a vast topic, especially in today’s world where dependence on sophisticated electrical systems has increased to many folds. Several IEC/IEEE standards already exist that provide guidelines for surge protection in power systems. Consider employing specialised solutions such as EMP filters, Faraday cages, and EMP-hardened electronic components for effective EMP protection. Implement isolation measures, conduct thorough risk assessments, and adhere to national standards. Additionally, integrate redundancy and resilience planning in power system design to ensure critical functions persist during and after an EMP issue.

Spokesperson: Samir Shankar, Chief Sales Officer, Dehn India

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