HOW TO STOP SOLAR FLARES DISRUPTING OUR FUTURE ELECTRIC POWER GRID

Published date06 May 2022
Publication titleBusiness Insider
Such geomagnetic storms happen when gigantic bubbles of superheated plasma gas are ejected from the surface of the Sun and fired across the Solar System before hitting the Earth's magnetosphere. Scientists are watching the Sun's behaviour and the disruption caused by solar particles with increasing interest and knowledge. The Carrington Event was one of the strongest storms to hit the Earth. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration measured the strength of solar eruptions with a G-scale of one being minor and five being extreme

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Carrington was rated a G5.

A geomagnetic storm of the same intensity as the Carrington Event today would affect far more than telegraph wires and could be catastrophic, says David Wallace, an electrical engineering professor at Mississippi State University. He says with the ever-growing dependency on electricity and emerging technology, any disruption could lead to trillions of pounds of monetary loss and risk to life dependent on the systems.

"It is only a matter of time before the Earth is hit by another geomagnetic storm. A Carrington Event-size storm would be extremely damaging to the electrical and communication systems worldwide with outages lasting into the weeks."

" "I believe it is critical to continue researching ways to protect electrical systems against the efects of geomagnetic storms, for example by installing devices that can shield vulnerable equipment like transformers and by developing strategies for adjusting grid loads when solar storms are about to hit.

Edinburgh-based Ash Gupta, who is an authority on electric vehicle (EV) systems, set up Gupta Smart Energy in 2015 to act as a broker for the commercialisation of low-carbon energy projects. He points to the Carrington Event as a 'known known' for our integrated systems, and he is working with a team of Norwegian electrical engineers who have been building a solution.

Gupta spent an early part of his www.insider.co.uk where he worked on advanced transport systems and was part of the small team behind "Project Bobcat", which generated the iconic Ford Fiesta.

Ash Gupta then created his own media agency, The Gupta Partnership. In 2000, he worked on the successful launch in Edinburgh of the Think Electric car for Ford and was later appointed as a consultant in sustainable automotive transport to the Scottish Government.

In 2014, he worked with BMW's Brand on the promotion of its electric vehicle.

He is about to launch a new entity, Net...

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