Smart Wires develops and manufactures modular power flow control solutions that can push or pull power away from overloaded transmission lines and onto under-utilized corridors on the transmission grid. System operators can dynamically monitor and control each line, transferring more or less power based on the real-time needs of load and generation. Smart Wires solutions represent a quickly deployable, scalable and reusable alternative to traditional planning tools. Given the uncertain nature of future network needs, Smart Wires’ devices are a robust investment capable of mitigating near-term constraints while providing long-term flexibility. There are two classes of Smart Wires’ technology, both of which are installed on existing medium- and high-voltage transmission lines (less than or equal to 500 kV):
Guardian. These devices increase the transmission line’s reactance, pushing power away from a given circuit.
Router. These devices can either increase or decrease the reactance of a transmission line, pushing power away from or pulling power onto a given circuit.