Blackouts and Brownouts ( continue reading to the bottom for the solution )
We all know that blackouts happen. Depending on your jurisdiction, they may be frequent and even long lasting. Some areas expect the power to go out on a daily basis.
|Most of us, however, haven't thought much about what a blackout costs us. Sure, it's nice to get a bit of a break in the middle of the day, but consider the following :|
The OPA ( Ontario Power Authority ) ( and probably other jurisdictions ) has been reducing the supplied electrical Voltage ( brownout ) as a means of coping with the current electrical shortages. ( see here for a description of the problem ) .
In April of 2005, the voltage was decreased by 5%
In June of 2005, the voltage was decreased by a further 2%, and not restored until after August.
Since the lights only dimmed a very little , this was held to be an acceptable measure.
|HOWEVER : |
|THAT MEANS : |
So is there a solution ?
|Yes, there actually is ! |
A Hybridyne Behind the Meter System ( BTM ) eliminates both blackout and brownouts. Imagine a large Uninterruptable Power Supply ( UPS ) for your whole building ( or even one department or area, like a datacentre ). Since the BTM is actually powering the building, the load is not actually connected directly to the grid any more. When the grid goes down, the load is still carried by the BTM. If the voltage fluctuates, the building doesn't 'notice' because it is still getting its power from the BTM.