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Development of 22kV Distribution Systems and Switchgear
Development of 22kV Distribution Systems and Switchgear (on photo: 20kV transformer substation; credit: ro.comranado.ro)

22kV Distribution System //

The 22kV distribution is primarily directed at urban and other densely populated areas, and our efforts are focused on reducing overall costs (by making the equipment more compact and reducing equipment costs), by enhancing the distribution system to ensure improved reliability and better availability.

To optimize the distribution efficiency from substations, 22kV power may be distributed to the point of demand where it is stepped down to 6kV, or in other cases such as industrial zones and sparsely populated regions, power may be supplied by 6kV distribution systems.

Let us first consider the 22kV supply side equipment that is currently available.


22kV Low Voltage Direct Supply

1. Main and backup line system and loop systems

This is the most common system for receiving 22kV power. Since it has somewhat smaller transformer capacity than spot networks (SNWs), it is more economical both in terms of space and cost, and is therefore extensively deployed (see Figure 1).

Schematic Single-line Connection for Distribution Systems. Connections for main and backup line system (a) and SNW system (b).
Figure 1 – Schematic Single-line Connection for Distribution Systems. Connections for main and backup line system (a) and SNW system (b).

2. Spot network (SNW) systems

A spot network consists of the secondaries of three transformers connected together to maintain a constant source of supply even if one transformer fails.

SNWs are most commonly found in cities and other areas of high demand, and are seeing increasing deployment to exploit their advantages: Spot networks (SNWs) maintain a constant sources of supply, consist of secondaries of two or more transformers and therefore continue to supply power even when one line is down for inspection, and have a high degree of maintainability and operability.

SNWs are generally deployed as low voltage SNWs in which transformer secondaries supply low voltage power or as high voltage SNWs in which transformer secondaries supply 6kV to support efficient distribution within a single building (see Figure 1).


3. Regular network (RNW) systems

By interconnecting several RNWs on the low voltage side, load can continue to be supplied from another system in the event one system fails.

RNW systems maintain a constant source of supply and are generally applied in bustling shopping areas such as Ginza and Shinjuku in Tokyo.

However, this system is not being expanded because of the numerous requests from customers for 6kV power and because the system is insufficient in maintainability, operability and expandability.

Title:Development of 22kV Distribution Systems and Switchgear – Shuichi Kikukawa, Kenji Tsuchiya, Satoru Kajiwara and Akira Takahama
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Development of 22kV Distribution Systems and Switchgear
Development of 22kV Distribution Systems and Switchgear

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