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It’s ten o’clock in the evening, it’s the middle of winter, and it’s eight degrees outside. But you hardly notice. In front of your TV, you are enjoying the comfort of your electric radiator. Meanwhile, you charge your mobile phone, and in the background you can hear the dishwasher doing the dirty work while you rest. This everyday scene is brought to you by electricity. And although we might take it for granted, it’s not as simple as it may seem.
For electricity to reach our homes safely, energy has to be generated and transported. It also has to be transformed and distributed. All of this takes place through an intricate web of substations, electrical transformers, distribution centres and networks. In an underground labyrinth that we barely know exists.
Want to find out how it all happens? Take a look at the following video:
As explained, there are different sources of electricity generation: traditional and renewable.
The former are usually far from the points of consumption, which is why the energy they generate has to be transported and then transformed in high to medium voltage substations. Renewable sources, on the other hand, are connected directly to the substations.
The electricity continues its journey from substations to different transformer stations, where it is transformed for industrial or residential use. All these centres incorporate protection and automation systems. This is the best way to ensure the supply, the rational exploitation of resources and the safety of the environment.
This is how safe and sustainable electricity distribution is achieved. It’s the basis for meeting different energy demands. Which helps make our lives easier.
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