In part one of this two-part series on power transmission projects, our Sarasota construction attorneys discussed an important project, the SOO Green Renewable Rail, which aims to initiate a widespread change in our country’s energy infrastructure by allowing us to move energy from wind power hubs to metropolitan areas that currently rely on outdated methods of energy production like fossil fuel power plants. The project has already garnered immense support from Siemens AG and Copenhagen Infrastructure Projects (CIP).
Now, we will shift gears and discuss the technical details of power transmission. Remember, whether you’re looking to procure private or public contracts, perfect a lien against an owner who refuses to pay, or defend against an OSHA citation, a Sarasota construction attorney from Cotney Construction Law is only a call away.
Primed For Success
One of the most interesting aspects of the SOO Green transmission model is that it can be replicated in other parts of the country to decrease our reliance on outdated energy production methods. That’s because it can be expanded with existing railways. In other words, if this first-of-its-kind power transmission project proves to be successful, it will be relatively simple to rollout future projects, especially with an estimated four gigawatts of wind set to come online in the Northwest by 2023.
How Does It Work?
The SOO Green Renewable Rail utilizes Siemens’ voltage source converter to pull energy from MISO’s grid. This energy is then converted from AC to DC for travel. Once it reaches the end of the line, it is converted back into AC. Throughout this process, the SOO Green Renewable Rail only loses 4 percent of the energy pulled from MISO’s grid. The entire system utilizes smart transistors that can control power more capably than outdated converter technology that relies on thyristors. Some of the benefits of this converter include:
- Provides more options for converting energy
- Works in areas with limited infrastructure
- Handles continually changing wind direction and speed
- Improves the stability of the grid
- Stabilizes voltage and frequency
- Possesses the ability to “black start” (repower the grid)
Let’s break down the system itself. It involves two eight-inch PVC conduits being buried at a depth of roughly five feet on two and one-half feet of railroad right-of-way. Later, a cable is threaded through the conduit and interlaced. Attention to detail is key to the success of the project, which estimates that 600 workers will be contracted for the construction of the SOO Green Renewable Rail. According to one spokeswoman, this project “has the potential to transform how energy is delivered in the U.S. and around the world.”
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