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GE's Digital Energy business has announced the launch of an enhanced version of its end-to-end overhead Multilin Intelligent Line Monitoring System. Using the system, GE says utilities can reduce the duration of outages by accurately identifying fault locations.

Upgrades to the Multilin system include a new feeder visualizer application, which helps utilities gather data from their network to identify loading and phase imbalance issues. GE says the improved fault location allows utilities to quickly and precisely identify trouble spots and send an email or other message to repair crews, getting them dispatched to limit system interruptions.

As the licensed operator of the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland, ESB Networks Ltd. worked with GE to test and install the system.

“GE’s system delivers reliable fault location across our 80,000-kilometer overhead network, and their work with us in adapting the system to meet the challenges of our various medium-voltage grounding treatments is a major element in our network performance improvement plan," comments Martin Hand, operation policy and safety engineer for ESB Networks.




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