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New ACCC Cable Options Provides Compatibility with 85% of the Cable Market

  • Friday, 2nd July 2004
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Composite Technology Corporation (CTC) is to issue its Aluminum Conductor Composite Core (ACCC) cable in a family of the ten most popular market sizes.

CTC, a developer of high-performance composite core cables for electric transmission and distribution lines claims to have established a new standard for industry decision-makers evaluating transmission cable technology, through its integration in Power Line Systems’ PLS-CADD line design software. As a result, ACCC cable will now be compatible with over 85% of the cable market.

The sizes of cable range from 3/4″” in diameter to over 1-3/4″” in diameter allowing a flow of ampacity from 300 amps to over 3,000 amps per line. The ampacity ratings of the ACCC cables are twice that of conventional steel core cables.

In addition to high temperature performance, the ACCC cables also exhibit a reduction in line losses that exceed 20% when compared to traditional cable operating conditions. This savings can play a role in reducing consumer electricity costs.

“”The availability of additional cable sizes represents a significant sales opportunity as the exacting requirements of the cable industry can now be met,”” said Benton Wilcoxon, CTC Chairman and CEO.

“”PLS software users continue to recognize and benefit from the cost and revenue advantages offered by ACCC cables. Now they will have the additional benefit of having cable available in a wide range of sizes. We are confident that our advanced cable technology, combined with PLS-CADD’s worldwide acceptance among power line design engineers, will be a significant growth opportunity for CTC,”” concluded Wilcoxon.

Reported previously in the NetComposites Newsletter, the composite core is minimally affected by high electric loads (temperatures) resulting in substantially less line sag (often 90% less). This increases the utility’s ability to deliver greater capacity using ACCC cables on existing structures and provides an overall increase in energy efficiency. Further, when new towers and lines are required, the PLS-CADD software can be used to demonstrate how utilities using ACCC can significantly reduce the number of support structures, reducing costs dramatically while maintaining safer, more reliable operating systems.

CTC has also recently entered into a joint development agreement with FCI USA Inc.’s (FCI) Electrical Power Interconnect Division for manufacture and distribution of electrical hardware and connections for CTC’s proprietary new (ACCC) high performance cable product line.


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