How to Improve the Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability of the Grid with ACCC Conductor  

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ANDE Completes 3rd ACCC Conductor Installation in Paraguay

Earlier this month Administracion Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE) completed the installation of 430 kcmil (218 mm^2) Linnet size ACCC conductor on their BPA Bo. Parque substation to their San Lorenzo Substation in Asuncion, Paraguay. ANDE selected ACCC conductor to improve the efficiency and capacity of an existing 66 kV ACSR line that was over 40 years old.
 
An installation team comprised of over two dozen members of a local construction firm, Constructora 14 de Julio, began the project in late November after the crew received some basic training from CTC Global's Installation Supervisor Ismael (aka "I-Man") Dones. The 8.5 km project was completed in less than four weeks.
 
The line traversed both residential and commercial areas on existing compact 14 meter lattice metal structures with 70 meter spans. The finished ACCC conductor was provided by Lamifil and the hardware was provided by PLP and Forjasul. This project marks ANDES third successful installation in Paraguay.
 
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Torrent Power Completes its 6th ACCC Installation in Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India

With the support of TEEMS INDIA, Torrent Power completed its sixth ACCC installation in Gujarat, India. The >10 km 132 kV Vinzol to Vastral Line upgrade was completed to increase the efficiency and capacity of an existing ACSR line. The 540 kcmil (273.6 mm^2) Casablanca size ACCC conductor was provided by APAR Industries Ltd.
 
The completion of this project represents the 21st ACCC conductor installation in India.
 
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ACCC Conductor Reduces CO2 Emissions by an Estimated 12.2 Million Metric Tons Per Year

With over 32,000 km of ACCC now in service in voltages ranging from 12.5 kV to over 500 kV and conductor sizes ranging from 300 kcmils (150 mm^2) to 2,700 kcmils (1,390 mm^2) CTC Global estimates that line loss reductions compared to ACSR conductors of equivalent diameter and weight save over 12.2 million metric tons of CO2 per year. This is the equivalent of removing 2.6 million cars from the highway. 
 
The analysis is based on ACCC Drake vs ACSR Drake (average conductor size) with a load factor of 39%. This also assumes the US average CO2 emission - based on all combined sources of generation - of 1.372 pounds of CO2 per kWh (0.622 kg/kWh). The average car in the US emits 4.75 metric tons per year. 
 
To find out more about how ACCC technology can help you improve the efficiency of your project and minimize your company's carbon footprint, please scroll down to the 'Free Engineering Software' section or CLICK HERE to request a free copy of CCP software. The program will allow you to enter your specific project data and see for yourself.
 
Remember, "its cheaper to save a Nega-Watt than it is to produce a Mega-Watt."
 
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CTC Global's Production Facility in Irvine, California 

 
If you are in the area and interested in visiting CTC Global's factory in person, please let us know. We are always pleased to host visitors. Call +1 (949) 428-8500 or e-mail info@ctcglobal.com
How ACCC Conductors are improving the Electric Power Grid ...and why it matters
 
Wires that carry electric energy to our homes and businesses are often overworked and overloaded. As demand for electricity goes up, the wires heat up and sag. Because excessive sag can lead to power outages, the ACCC conductor developed by CTC Global Corporation in Irvine, California is being put to wide use worldwide.

"Aluminum Conductor Composite Core" (ACCC) uses a high-strength carbon fiber core that doesn't stretch when heated - which prevents thermal sag. Because the composite core is 70 percent lighter than a conventional steel core, it is also able to utilize nearly 30 percent more aluminum without a weight penalty. This allows utilities to replace old wire with new ACCC - without having to spend money on expensive tower or pole modifications or replacement.
 
The ACCC conductor's added aluminum content and composite core not only helps deliver twice the power of a conventional conductor, it also offers decreased electrical resistance. The decreased electrical resistance of the ACCC conductor reduces electrical line losses by as much as 40 percent or more. While line losses range from 3 percent to over 20 percent in some regions, reducing line losses can allow power companies to deliver more power with less fuel consumption and less emissions.

Reducing line losses also serves to free up generation capacity. This has virtually the same effect as building new generation at a fraction of the cost. As more and more consumers switch to electric vehicles and heat pumps, the added capacity and freed up generation capacity offered by the ACCC conductor couldn't come at a better time.
 
To date, more than 150 utilities have installed ACCC conductor at over 375 projects worldwide.
 
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ACSS vs ACCC Conductor
Why Over 150 Utilities in 35 Countries Have Selected ACCC
  • High Capacity
  • Low Sag
  • High Strength
  • Fatigue Resistant
  • Corrosion Resistant
  • Excellent Self Damping
  • Easy to Install
  • Great for Long Spans
  • Very Tough & Flexible
  • Extensively Lab & Field Tested
  • Excellent for N-1 Conditions
  • Reduced Line Losses & Emissions
  • Free's-up Generation Capacity that is Otherwise Lost

 

The ACCC Conductor's added aluminum content (without a weight or diameter penalty) allows it to run cooler under any load condition which translates into reduced line losses. Reduced line losses can save fuel, emissions and generation capacity.
 

The Bottom Line:
 

In more than 375 cases the ACCC conductor has provided more than 150 utilities the best economic solution for their specific project needs.  

 

CLICK HERE to view our interactive project map

 

 

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Highlighting CTC Global's Installation Support Personnel

Dave Ayers, Director of Contractor Development and Training

Dave Ayers has worked in the Electrical Utility field for more than 50 years. Dave started out as an apprentice and worked his way up to Journeyman for West Penn Power Company in Western Pennsylvania.  In 1976, Dave and his family traveled to Saudi Arabia to work for Aramco (Arabian American Oil Company) and Sceco (Saudi Consolidated Electric Company) to maintain the transmission and distribution lines in Eastern Saudi Arabia.  Prior to joining CTC Global in 2005, Dave was the Vice President of Safety for the MYR Group in Schaumburg, IL.  During his tenure at CTC Global, Dave Ayers has traveled extensively throughout the world to train construction crews how to install ACCC.

Overview of ACCC Conductor Training, Installation and Operating Experience


With over 375 projects completed we have learned a lot. Our job is not only to help you learn the attributes of ACCC, its also to help keep your crews safe during installation. In an effort to share our knowledge base we have created a number of useful documents and training videos. To download a copy of "Overview of ACCC Conductor Training, Installation and Operating Experience"   CLICK HERE

Explore Our Video Library

 

Please take a look at our informative video library. You will find general overview material as well as testing and installation training videos. Please CLICK HERE

Free Engineering Manual

To help Transmission and Distribution planners, engineers, policy makers, grid operators, technicians and others take full advantage of the ACCC conductor's attributes, CTC Global has published a 250 page Engineering Manual. It offers a very comprehensive set of design guidelines, case studies, figures and facts about conductors and composite materials, and includes links to additional resources and FAQ's, To download an electronic version please CLICK HERE 
 
If you would like to receive a hard copy please CLICK HERE

Free Engineering Software

CTC Global created CCP to help system planners and engineers compare the ampacity, line losses, thermal and ice load sag, and economic aspects of nearly any conductor type and size, so the numerous advantages of the ACCC conductor can be fully realized. The user simply selects the conductor types and sizes from drop down menus and enters the appropriate values & assumptions highlighted in the yellow boxes. The program is fully functional and uses standard industry formulas (such as IEEE 738-2006). Outputs are readily comparable to Sag10, PLS CADD™ and other similar programs CLICK HERE

CCP Software Alert!!!

Version 4.0 now available.
 
CCP V-4 offers many new features and an expanded database. It's totally free and allows you, as with previous versions, the ability to compare any conductor type or size. This includes sag, tension, ampacity, line losses and much more. It's a great means of selecting the most appropriate size and type of conductor for your project. If you don't already have a copy of CCP V-4, please CLICK HERE

CCP Software Training

If you or your organization is interested in learning how to fully leverage CTC Global's CCP conductor comparison program software, please send an e-mail to info@ctcglobal.com We would be happy to discuss options and invite you to our next scheduled training seminar. These seminars are available at CTC Global's manufacturing facility, can be scheduled to coincide with industry events or offered at your facility. For more information CLICK HERE

 

CTC Global proudly works with top-tier manufacturing partners worldwide

 

ACCC Conductor is an internationally patented and trademark registered product of CTC Global Corporation.  The ACCC conductor is manufactured in association with more than 20 qualified and licensed international stranding partners. If you are interested in the ACCC conductor, please contact CTC Global to make sure your supplier is authorized to produce and deliver ACCC conductor in your area.  Thank You. 

 

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Telephone: +1 949 428 8500  

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