Chill, people. Beyoncé did not cause the power outage at Super Bowl XLVII. (Her gajillion-watt halftime show had a separate generator.)
What did contribute to the power outage--and the resulting 34-minute game delay-—is not entirely clear. Entergy Corporation, the utility that provides power to the Superdome, and SMG, the managing company at the stadium, released a vague joint statement, saying "a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality." As a result, the equipment opened a circuit breaker, cutting power to parts of the Superdome to isolate the issue.
With investigation into the outage still underway, it's hard to say whether or not the whole fiasco could have been prevented, but smart grid technology certainly could have shortened the blackout period. Smart grid technology--sensors paired with two-way digital communication between the devices in the field and a central operations system--could have led to a very brief loss of power, lasting a few seconds or less. Spectators might've seen little more than a flicker of the lights.
Restoring power to the Superdome meant electricians had to manually check where the fault was before rebooting electricity to the stadium. A smart grid could have digitally tested the system within seconds because the software behind it enables constant communication between the sensors in the grid, says Rob Pratt, a thought leader in smart grid technology at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
As for cost: Pratt speculates that installing a smart grid in a venue like the Superdome would cost anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million. Not cheap. But it's still a lot less than what taxpayers have already spent on the Superdome: at least $471 million since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
mercury or halogen lights do not flicker, when they lose power they need a short cooling period then a restart with around ten to fifteen minutes before they reach full power
bot, halogens are incandescent, you're probably referring to metal halides which are just mercury vapors with halide salts added for better color balance. some of these large halides can take upwards of 20 minutes to cool down to a point where they will restrike.
I'd want a lot more facts than you're presenting before I buy into this smartswitch stuff.
A previous article talks about loopbacks -- that implies a lot of additional lines. I think that the project could be a lot more complex and costly than what you're describing.
Why don't you guys do an in depth report on Smartswitch and provide some details. This 'trust me, it'll be great ' crap gets old.
ill bet a squirrel shorted the lines. had it happen near me and it took two hours for them to find the crispy fellow. the breaker was right in front of my house.
The voltage outage was planned to give more time for side betting on the game. Now this may never be factually proved, but in reality oh yes it is so TRUE!
Oh what a money maker the Super Bowl is, ha ha!
Once had the entire factory go dead because because a suicidal goose actually flew between the high voltage cables that go into the transformer, that was one fried goose,
I don't see how this is useful information. First of all, sports are a very simple way to distract people and numb them from the pain of awareness. Secondly, the game started and the game ended. No harm no fowl. What's the point of this story?
Before worrying about smart grid technology here, I would first ask about redundant power supplies. This would prevent there from being any outage.
The power outage was casued by a recently installed device designed to PREVENT power issues. They apparently have yet to figure out why.
Looks like the high tech solution didn't work.
Nothing against tech -- I love the stuff, but you can't assume that the latest is always the greatest.