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Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets – CLOUD

About six years ago I posted an article about CLOUD, an experiment to better understand the correlation between intensity of cosmic rays which varies with the sunspot cycle (solar activity), and cloud formation.  In summary the findings to date indicate … Continue reading

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Analysis of an under frequency event

Let’s take a closer look at the under frequency event that occurred at 9.51am on Thursday June 15th 2017, in the North Island of New Zealand. This is quite a long post with quite a bit of technical detail. The … Continue reading

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Control of the prime mover, governors, how it is done and why it matters

The previous article described the relationship between power imbalance and rate of frequency change for the first few seconds after a disturbance in power balance. Important as those few seconds are, the few seconds of energy being provided by the … Continue reading

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Frequency stability and energy balance. A description of the interaction between frequency and grid energy flow.

In an earlier post I gave a definition of a stable power system. A stable power system is one that continuously responds and compensates for power/ frequency disturbances, and completes the required adjustments within an acceptable timeframe to adequately compensate … Continue reading

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Generator types; synchronous versus asynchronous. What goes on inside the machines?

There are two main types of alternating current machine used for the generation of electricity; synchronous and asynchronous.  The difference between them begins with the way the magnetic field of the rotor interacts with the stator.  Both types of machine … Continue reading

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Energy balance, imbalance and a definition of grid stability

The previous article described the grid as having no energy storage, and indeed there is no useful storage in the grid itself.  However, there is energy storage in the form of rotating kinetic energy of certain generators, and the quantity … Continue reading

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Electric current is generated ‘on demand’. There is no stored electric current in the grid.

Here’s the second article in the series on electric power system stability: The electric current delivered when you turn on a switch is generated from the instant you operate the switch. There is no store of electric current in the … Continue reading

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Electric Power System Stability

I intend to do a few essays about electric power system stability.  I aim to share some concepts about power generation and grids, and in particular how electrical stability is achieved. Some types of generation provide grid stability, other types … Continue reading

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The Decadal Global Climate Bet – Now at the half way mark

Updated to December 2015 (month 60/120): We’re now at the half way mark; and the present decade is still running cooler than the preceding decade. The average temperature anomaly for the previous decade is 0.202 C. The average temperature anomaly … Continue reading

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The Decadal Global Climate Bet – October 2015 Update

Updated to October 2015 (month 58/120): The present decade is still running cooler than the preceding decade. I wonder when we’ll begin to see the heating effect of the big El Nino? There’s not much sign of it yet. More … Continue reading

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