Solar Storms Could Disrupt capability Grid

March 20, 2012 · Print This Article

A recent commentary from Smart Energy Portal turns out to be extremely timely as a major solar storm is headed towards Earth.

Geomagnetic storms are triggered by the solar wind of charged particles from a solar eruption which create fields that interfere with the Earth’s own magnetic fields. In turn, this can induce low frequency currents in the capability grid network, and these currents

have the potential to damage the high voltage transformers that are central to capability transmission by the grid.

While this storm doesn’t seem to have the strength to damage potential distribution, the sun certainly has the potential for stronger outbursts, and there have been grid failures due to solar activity in the past.

image: NASA


[Source] Cynthia


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