While we have already earlier mentioned in one of our previous blogs about the possible risks associated with transformers, including failures in the components, overheating, oxidation, transformer ageing, or fault in the power line, today in this blog, we have arranged for you a list of three other threats that a transformer might encounter!
Most of the transmission lines and transformers that we see across our country are around 25-30 years old. Why? That’s because the entire setup and network involves so much of hardware and equipment, (and not to forget labour and time), that it is not only highly expensive, but also extremely inconvenient to replace it all. So, only when a particular fault is detected, is the required component repaired or replaced. Not every equipment in the entire system is going to last the same amount of time, nor is it going to behave equally well. Different equipment perform well and last for different time periods. Equipment made from better raw materials and with the right skill can last longer and perform better; but they are also going to degrade one day. All of this poses a threat to the transformers!
**Note: Compromised transformers are certainly bad for any system. Count on the best transformer manufacturer in India – Miracle Electronics – for all your transformer needs!
What can be done – While there is no possibility of replacing the entire setup, what can be done is that the system can be well-maintained and inspected from time to time. And for this, transformer monitors can help, which can help with detailed condition information, allowing effective maintenance planning with optimal upfront investment.
Solar and wind power
Most grid technologies are built around large single-source power generation plants. However, with the advent of new technologies, the teams involved are moving to other options against the traditional power plants, such as solar and wind. Although these technologies are modern and effective, but it is really difficult to control and store them.
What can be done – If at all there is a need to implement grid extensions related to alternative energy sources, substations, and storage, then there should be complete coverage of the status of power generation, and feedback should be taken from every possible source. Power quality monitors and fault location monitors must also be used with the evolving grid requirements.
Squirrels!? Yes, squirrels can prove to be a threat to transformers. In fact, squirrels are one of the biggest terrorists for these equipment. The transformers are generally set up and guarded in a simple chain-link fence, and a camera may be put up on it for monitoring. But, is that enough? Sure enough to check on for human terrorists and environmental hazards. But, can your fences stop the squirrels from invading? Can you monitor squirrel activities around your transformers with the help of the cameras? Possibly not. Squirrels (or even other small animals) can get in and chew off the lines, and also get into your equipment for a hiding or stay. And, this is sure to cause a power outage.
What can be done – Instead of a fence, you must put up a barricade that can actually seal up the entire space, and also seal up any openings in the transformers. In addition, be constantly on the monitoring to check for yet any power outages (just in case the squirrels are smart to still get there somehow!).
While you can’t completely eliminate all the above threats posed to the transformers, you can follow the strategies mentioned to monitor and control them.