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All You Need to Know About Mobile Substations
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The global power industry has significantly changed in the past ten years resulting in more optimal power solutions. When we talk about optimal power solutions, mobile substations cannot be left out of the discussion. The use of mobile substations has dramatically increased because they offer scalable, reliable and flexible power solutions.

For both commercial and industrial use, clients seek options that are cost-effective and mobile substations offer just that along with many other benefits including availability on a short notice.

Plus, the design of mobile substations allows easy shipping to areas that are logistically challenging. These features make mobile substations ideal for use in place of conventional stations.

Fundamentals of Mobile Substations

Some years ago, mobile substations were only used in special applications, but now they have made it into the mainstream. Circuit breakers, transformers and other components in mobile substations are installed and tested for operations in off-site factory before shipment.

Mobile substations can be transported easily by truck, ship or train. Once the unit arrives at the site, final connections are made according to specific requirements of the client. Pre-fabricated stations can be prepared and shipped on a short notice. In case repairs are being made to conventional stations or an emergency occurs, mobile units can be rented to ensure that the operations are not affected.

Conventional units are expensive, require long build time and cannot be changed to meet the growing power demands. Fast-track mobile substations can be prepared according to power requirements. Mobile power solutions save space and they appear more attractive to those consumers who cannot handle cables, transformers and control wires in urban locations. Mobile substations house power transformer, isolators, circuit breakers, current transformers, power transformers and earthing switches.

Benefits of Mobile Substations

Reliability, cost savings and shorter lead times are major benefits of mobile substations. Various industries are using these units to meet their power demands. In addition to meeting the requirements of clients in remote sites and urban areas, mobile substations are also being used in areas where electrical demand continuously grows. Where space is an issue, these mobile units can be called in to meet the power requirements.

It takes little time to assemble and deliver mobile stations to production facilities where power failure can disrupt the operations and lead to significant loss. Portable stations can be easily relocated which reduces waste, increases efficiency and delivers more return on investment.

The mobile substations prove to be much cheaper than conventional builds. Costs are mostly reduced because of the labor requirements. As assembling of parts takes place in off-site locations, clients have access to the workforce that’s skilled in handling the equipment. New staff doesn’t have to be trained, therefore cost is substantially reduced.

If you wish to learn more about mobile substations or want to have a mobile substation designed for you according to your specific requirements, contact our experts at Elgin Power Solutions.


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