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Switch gear and Protection 10EE62

UNIT - 1


Switches and fuses: Introduction, energy management of power system

Definition of switchgear,

Switches - isolating, load breaking and earthing

Introduction to fuse, fuse law, cut -off characteristics

Time current characteristics, fuse material, HRC fuse, and liquid fuse

Application of fuse

Energy demand management, also known as demand side management (DSM), is the
modification of consumer demand for energy through various methods such as financial
incentives and education. Usually, the goal of demand side management is to encourage the
consumer to use less energy during peak hours, or to move the time of energy use to off-peak
times such as nighttime and weekends. Peak demand management does not necessarily decrease
total energy consumption, but could be expected to reduce the need for investments in networks
and/or power plants.

The term DSM was coined during the time of the 1973 energy crisis and 1979 energy crisis.

Electricity use can vary dramatically on short and medium time frames, and the pricing system
may not reflect the instantaneous cost as additional higher-cost ("peaking") sources are brought
on-line. In addition, the capacity or willingness of electricity consumers to adjust to prices by
altering demand (elasticity of demand) may be low, particularly over short time frames. In many
markets, consumers (particularly retail customers) do not face real-time pricing at all, but pay
rates based on average annual costs or other constructed prices.

Various market failures rule out an ideal result. One is that suppliers' costs do not include all
damages and risks of their activities. External costs are incurred by others directly or by damage
to the environment, and are known as externalities. Theoretically the best approach would be to
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add external costs to the direct costs of the supplier as a tax (internalization of external costs).
Another possibility (referred to as the second-best approach in the theory of taxation) is to
intervene on the demand side by some kind of rebate.

Energy demand management activities should bring the demand and supply closer to a perceived

Governments of many countries mandated performance of various programs for demand

management after the 1973 energy crisis. An early example is the National Energy Conservation
Policy Act of 1978 in the U.S., preceded by similar actions in California and Wisconsin in 1975.

Switch gear

In an electric power system, switchgear is the combination of electrical disconnect switches,

fuses or circuit breakers used to control, protect and isolate electrical equipment. Switchgear is
used both to de-energize equipment to allow work to be done and to clear faults downstream.
This type of equipment is important because it is directly linked to the reliability of the electricity

The very earliest central power stations used simple open knife switches, mounted on insulating
panels of marble or asbestos. Power levels and voltages rapidly escalated, making opening
manually operated switches too dangerous for anything other than isolation of a de-energized
circuit. Oil-filled equipment allowed arc energy to be contained and safely controlled. By the
early 20th century, a switchgear line-up would be a metal-enclosed structure with electrically
operated switching elements, using oil circuit breakers. Today, oil-filled equipment has largely
been replaced by air-blast, vacuum, or SF6 equipment, allowing large currents and power levels
to be safely controlled by automatic equipment incorporating digital controls, protection,
metering and communications.

High voltage switchgear was invented at the end of the 19th century for operating motors and
other electric machines. The technology has been improved over time and can be used with
voltages up to 1,100 kV.

Typically, the switchgear in substations is located on both the high voltage and the low voltage
side of large power transformers. The switchgear on the low voltage side of the transformers may
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be located in a building, with medium-voltage circuit breakers for distribution circuits, along
with metering, control, and protection equipment. For industrial applications, a transformer and
switchgear line-up may be combined in one housing, called a unitized substation or USS.