On August 14, 2003, a huge blackout took hold of the Northeastern United States. Rural areas, suburban towns, and entire dense metropolitan areas were thrown into darkness, eventually reaching more than 50 million people. Once the lights came back on, power operators discovered that the massive event had been caused by a single generator plant in Ohio.
How Did That Happen?
Microgrids and PCTI
In order for microgrids to operate properly, they need essential power electronics. Here at PCTI, power electronics are our expertise. Whether it is through battery chargers, frequency converters, or DC power supplies, we understand what is needed in order for the future of utilities, such as microgrids, to run.
Innovative New Ideas
We have also been monitoring new innovative ideas. For example, UPower Technologies, of Boston, MA, has come up with a possible alternative: small, modular nuclear reactors. Generating between one and two megawatts of power apiece, these mini-reactors would use a radiant (as in heat radiating) cooling system that would require little maintenance and would be a self-contained system. Since they are low-output, there’s no risk of meltdown; any mismanaged reaction would self-cool into a shutdown state. Once the regulatory and licensing issues are dealt with, these mini reactors could become an enabler for a microgrid approach.
Microgrids and Power Electronics
Power Conversion Technologies, Inc. is a certified DBE woman-owned business. PCTI designs and manufactures leading edge power electronic equipment in the highest power ranges. PCTI’s engineering staff has in-depth knowledge in the key areas of power conversion such as power semiconductor analysis and application, thermal exchange, magnetic design, packaging, DSP(digital signal processor) control for inverters, frequency converters, DC power supplies, battery chargers and dischargers. Contact us for more information on our products, applications assistance, or pricing.