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Transforming the Grid Starts Here

Transforming the Grid Starts Here

Now there's an economical, proven way to gain visibility to distribution grid electrical measurements

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  • Sensing, Digitalization, and Embedded Intelligence provide Situational Awareness that results in a Profound Shift for Everyone, Every Industry, Including Utilities. 3M is at the forefront in helping you make that transformative shift.


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The Undeniable Forces Driving Grid Modernization:

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    Aging Infrastructure and Undergrounding of Assets

    How can you gain insights into the status of underground environments? What’s the best way to maintain and extend the life of existing infrastructure? How do you replace assets as needed in a cost-effective manner? Can you get the best of both worlds: enhancing current infrastructure while preparing for future, data-driven capabilities?

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    Greater Consumer Control

    How do you “feed” increasingly data-hungry consumers (especially Millennials)? How do you prepare for new services like home energy management, pre-paid billing, and real-time energy usage information? Key Insight: The days of the passive energy consumer are rapidly coming to an end.

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    Renewables

    How you integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)? What are the system implications of the Era of “Prosumer”? - According to a 2017 report from the IEA (PDF, 3.45 MB): “… Record performance in 2016 forms the bedrock of the IEA’s electricity forecast, which sees continued strong growth through 2022, with renewable electricity capacity forecast to expand by over 920 GW, an increase of 43%. This year’s renewable forecast is 12% higher than last year, thanks mostly to solar PV upward revisions in China and India.

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    The Rise of Megacities

    What does the future of urban areas look like? In the words of an Energy.gov report: “As smart cities become more prolific – they are already appearing in a number of cities from South Korea to Spain to the US – the grid will be increasingly relied upon to handle multidirectional communications between many different entities and to balance the innovations that already have, and will continue, to develop. The grid’s integral role in the success of… smart cities is already helping to drive research and development of the advanced grid, and will continue to do so.”


Where’s the Next Wave of Grid Innovation?

  • Illuminating Fact:
    It’s been estimated that Western Europe alone will invest “$133.7 billion in smart grid infrastructure through 2027…”

    Source: prnewswire

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How Does The Smart Grid Become The Transformative Grid?

Strategic Priorities:

  • Focus on Medium Voltage (MV) Infrastructure

    Outages here have widespread impacts. With distributed intelligence, i.e. high-accuracy sensing in MV environments, you gain critical insights.

  • Prioritize Future-Fitting™, Not Costly Rip & Replace

    The ideal business case for Grid Modernization is one that combines extending the life of current assets in a cost-effective manner… while preparing for future grid opportunities.


3M Sensored Cable Accessories: Sensing Things to Come

Right for now, right for tomorrow and no additional space needed within your grid.
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3M Grid Modernization Application Pyramid Infographic
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The Transformative Grid Started Here: The 3M/Enel Collaboration.

  • “The sensored termination from 3M is suitable for retrofitting a large variety of existing MV switchgear, without the need to upgrade structures, and is designed to provide reliable data in challenging environments which may present variability of frequency and temperature.”

    — Fabio Giammanco
    Electrical Network Design and Construction,
    Enel Distribuzione

  • Situation
    Enel Distribuzione and 3M partnered in 2013 to collaborate on the development of the Smart Grid. The medium voltage (MV) grid intelligence at that time was concentrated on just a few nodes.

    Project Goal
    To create the foundation for broadly distributed intelligence in the MV grid.

    Requirements

    • Termination capable of sensing line current and voltage
    • Capability to interface with the Enel RGDM Smart Grid device
    • Easily retrofit existing MV switchgear

    Solution
    The 3M solution consisted of a pre-calibrated, highly accurate, passive current and voltage sensors, embedded into an indoor termination. The sensored termination was suitable for retrofitting a large variety of existing MV switchgear without the need to
    upgrade structures. A modular system was utilized to enable application extension to plug-in interfaces.

    Impact
    Reduced Operation & Maintenance (O&M) costs and reduced penalties due to service interruption. Estimated yearly savings above $200 M in full deployment. More than 30,000 units installed in Italy. Pilots begun in Romania, Colombia, and Brazil.


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Voltage and Current Measurement Made Easy

The 3M™ Sensored Cable Accessory QX-Generation 2.0 enables you to measure critical parameters (voltage, current, phase angle) in an underground MV electrical network. This solution incorporates highly accurate Voltage and Current measurement integrated into a medium voltage accessory: which means you get precise measurements without modification of the installed equipment. Additionally, the sensors are passive components thereby not requiring an external power source for sensing.

3M patented connection system and cold shrink technology assure the easy and fast installation for a wide range of cable cross sections.

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    Sensored Termination

    3M™ Sensored Cable Termination QX-2.0 93-ES 620-1 TI24-vi1-C

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    Sensored Plug-In

    3M™ Sensored Cable Separable (Plug-In) QX-2.0 93-EES 620-1 BI24-vi1-C

  • Real-Time Data for underground systems, designed specifically for primary medium voltage equipment.
     

    • High Accuracy
    • Economical
    • Quick and Easy Installation
    • Factory Calibrated
    • Short Design
    • Voltage and Current Sensors

    Integrated into One Product

    • Galvanic Isolation Through Capacitor

Let's Build a Business Case Together


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