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Re: East Coast outage?
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 18:59:18 -0400

On Sat, 16 Aug 2003 00:25:14 +0200, Iljitsch van Beijnum said:

It seems to me that the power guys are still living somewhere in the 
last century. Is it really impossible to absorb power spikes? We can go 
from utility to battery or the other way around in milliseconds, so it 

How many kVA are *you* switching?

How many kVA are running through those big 765kv lines?

This is what a *circuit breaker* looks like at those sizes:

http://www.hhi.co.kr/english/IndustrialPowerSystem/product/highvoltage/product2-7.html

8000 amps at 765kv.

And that's just to *break* the circuit without vaporizing itself in the process.

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