14 May 2004
14 May 2004
Composite Technology Corporation's Aluminum Conductor Composite Core (ACCC) cable has been designated for testing by Electricite de France (EDF).
The Transmission Division (RTE) of EDF which will test the products, forms part of the world's largest integrated energy companies.
The EDF and RTE testing program will highlight the distinct features of the ACCC cable enabled by the company's proprietary composite-based technologies. The composite core is claimed to be minimally affected by high electric loads (temperatures) resulting in substantially less line sag (90%). This increases the utility's ability to generate greater capacity using ACCC cables on existing structures and provides an overall increase in energy efficiency.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to jump-start acceptance of ACCC in the European marketplace. They are experiencing many of the same electrical grid problems as we see in the United States. However, many of their lines are far older or need to be reconductored due to increased demand and related regulatory issues. This rigorous test protocol will provide yet another validation of the superior qualities of our proprietary composite conductor technologies," said Benton Wilcoxon, CTC Chairman and CEO.
"Given EDF's worldwide recognition as one of the leaders in every sector of the energy market, CTC will gain tremendous product acceptance in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa," continued Wilcoxon.
Composites, which have a successful history in the aerospace industry, have been shown to be far less affected by atmospheric conditions such as acid rain, salt air and temperature excesses.