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10 Feb 20201 minute read

World’s fastest green grid tech trialled in London

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World’s fastest green grid tech trialled in London

Circuit-breakers designed to make it easier and cheaper to connect renewables and low carbon technologies to the grid have been installed on London's electricity network, as reported by Business Green.

Installed in East London as part of a trial by UK Power Networks (UKPN), the 'Power Electronic Fault Limiting Circuit Breaker' device can detect and protect the electricity network from faults within four-thousandths of a second – 20 times faster than existing circuit breakers and 250 times faster than humans can blink.

It is estimated that rolling out the new devices across the network could reduce London's CO2 emissions by around 3.8 billion kg through to 2050, equivalent to the emissions generated by around 800,000 diesel or petrol powered vehicles in a single year.

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