Anterix (NASDAQ: ATEX) and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) announced today their jointly published white paper documenting the application of falling conductor protection (FCP) for wildfire mitigation when enabled by a private LTE network using Anterix's low-band 900 MHz spectrum.
Utilities in areas at high risk for wildfires are looking for grid modernization solutions that leverage integrated broadband wireless technology and wildfire mitigation capabilities. Over the last decade, the electrical power system has increasingly been the source of wildfire ignition. Environmental factors (e.g., climate change, increased temperatures, dry air and land, and high winds) combined with the arcs generated by electric power system equipment significantly increase the risk of wildfire.
By deploying FCP technology, utilities can detect a broken conductor and de-energize the affected line segment in less than one second as the line is falling, significantly mitigating the fire hazard associated with an energized conductor arcing on the ground. This ability to detect and de-energize a falling conductor relies on ubiquitous, high-bandwidth, low-latency communications enabled by a low-band LTE network.
"Wildfire mitigation capability is one of the most mission critical applications of 900 MHz private LTE networks I've seen," said Anterix Chief Operating Officer Ryan Gerbrandt. "By working with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories to enable falling conductor protection technology, we can help utilities fortify their grid to address real problems potentially affecting millions of Americans."
"Falling conductor protection depends upon reliable, low-latency broadband communications to de-energize broken distribution power lines as they fall," said SEL Senior VP of Research & Development Ryan Bradetich. "Working with Anterix and its 900 MHz spectrum helps ensure a falling conductor is detected before it touches the ground and potentially sparks a wildfire. Previous methods often took several minutes to de-energize the line, meaning they were often too late."
Following a May 2020 FCC Report & Order enabling broadband deployment in the 900 MHz band, Anterix has been working with utilities to enable the broadband communications infrastructure needed for grid modernization.
The full white paper, "Wildfire Mitigation - Detecting and Isolating for Falling Conductors in Midair – Using 900 MHz Private LTE at Protection Speeds" can be accessed here: https://discover.selinc.com/l/885633/2022-01-24/526s3
At Anterix, we are focused on delivering transformative private broadband that enables the modernization of critical infrastructure for the energy, transportation, logistics and other sectors of our economy. As the largest holder of licensed spectrum in the 900 MHz band (896-901/935-940 MHz) throughout the contiguous United States, plus Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico, we are uniquely positioned to enable the private LTE solutions that support secure, resilient and customer-controlled operations. www.anterix.com
About Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
SEL invents, designs and builds digital products and systems that protect power grids around the world. This technology prevents blackouts and enables customers to improve power system reliability, safety and cost. SEL, a 100 percent employee-owned company that is headquartered in Pullman, Washington, has manufactured products in the United States since 1984 and now serves customers in 168 countries. SEL provides unmatched technical support, customer service and a 10-year worldwide warranty. www.selinc.com
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