Around the Industry - Nov 16, 2012

ABB says new HVDC circuit breaker solves 100-year-old puzzle

ABB says it has developed the world’s first circuit breaker for high-voltage direct current (HVDC). The breaker reportedly combines very fast mechanics with power electronics and will be capable of interrupting power flows equivalent to the output of a large power station within five milliseconds — 30 times faster than the blink of a human eye.

An ABB release said the breakthrough removes a 100-year-old barrier

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