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Virtual Wednesday Nite @ The Lab

“How to reduce the risk of wildfire ignitions from electric power grids?”; Line Roald; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Event Details

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
7-8:15 p.m.
Even the best run grid is not completely fault-free, meaning that there will occasionally be sparks from power lines. We will discuss how a power grid ignites wildfires, what electric utilities can do to prevent it and how this may cause power outages to customers. I will present our recent research on how to minimize both wildfire risk and power outages in situations with high wildfire risk, which begins to answer the question of how to find the right trade-off between the two.