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Coming Soon To The US, These 'Magic Balls' For Grid Power Lines Can Increase Capacity By 30%

•, by: True Activist

This innovative technology, already making waves across Europe, is now making its debut in North America, starting with Minnesota and Michigan.

According to Michelle Lewis, writing for Electrek, contemporary power lines are largely considered "dumb," meaning they lack the capability to provide real-time data on electricity delivery, including whether there is surplus or deficit in supply. As a result, there is a lack of immediate insight into their operational status in many cases.

In a nation like the United States of America, where a vast network of 160,000 miles of power lines sprawls across the landscape, the untapped potential is immense.

Heimdall's premier product, the Neuron, is effortlessly installed within minutes by a drone. This spherical sensor, designed to be mounted on high-voltage power lines, continuously monitors crucial parameters such as voltage, temperature, and electrical current angles in real-time.

It then transmits this data back to grid managers, enabling them to make informed decisions. For instance, they can identify instances of significant over-transmission in specific grid areas, allowing for adjustments to save costs for consumers or reallocating excess electricity to regions with higher demand.

The development of the Neuron was a collaborative effort with the Norwegian utility Arva, which has since integrated the technology extensively throughout its grid infrastructure.

Department manager at Arva, Trond Are Bjørnvold, says in a statement, "Both Arva and other grid companies are going to build out the power grid, to double the capacity we have today over the next ten years. The investments will be enormous, but we should not invest more than necessary. We should also strive to prioritize the development in the correct order."