Distribution systems that transmit electricity are an essential part of any power system that is responsible for transferring electric from and alternating current (AC) or a direct current (DC), to where it will be used. When a business starts building a new premises, one of the first steps is identifying where this power comes onto the land, and how to transfer that power to the property. Similarly, if a business relocates or refurbishes, they may need to assess the capabilities of the current distribution system, particularly where the electrical layout is changing.
Distribution System Design
Distribution systems generally employ equipment including transformers, circuit breakers, feeders, distributors and protective devices and the very first designed was so by Thomas Edison and was an underground DC system. Our mains distribution system designs focus on delivering energy from the high voltage (HV) incoming point into a specifically designed distribution switchgear which feeds one or more 11Kv/400V transformers. From here we attach low voltage (LV) tails which feed into low voltage distribution panels. Our electrical contractors then divide the output into sub distribution boards to feed various areas of the premises. Of course, designs may differ as our team ensure that the distribution system we create is styled to unique business needs and is the most cost-effective solution.
Requirements of a Distribution System
For a distribution system to be functional, there are 3 basic requirements it must meet. The first of these is proper voltage, which means that any voltage variations at consumer terminals should be as infrequent as possible, as low voltage can cause loss of revenue, inefficient lighting and possible burnouts. Secondly, the distribution system should be able to supply power on demand, in any amount at any time for it to be efficient. This is because electrical energy cannot be stored thus turning on and off appliances and devices must be instant. Finally, the system must be as reliable as possible, not cutting out or shutting down and moving electricity so that it doesn’t trip.