Review of Wildfire Management Techniques-Part II: Urgent Call for Investment in Research and Development of Preventative Solutions

Saeed Jazebi, Francisco De Leon, Albert Nelson

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Abstract

In this part of the paper (Part II), available technical solutions to minimize or prevent wildfires caused by power networks are reviewed in more detail. These methods include fundamental changes to power system equipment, periodic checkups and maintenance, identification of faults via voltage/current waveforms, changes to protection and relaying settings and coordination, and installation of new power system apparatus. The strengths and drawbacks of each method are discussed. The discussion section brainstorms some future possible solutions that smart-grid technologies can enable. The paper concludes that there has neither been enough research in universities nor enough investment by industry to develop viable preventive solutions for wildfires that initiate from the daily operation of electrical power grids. This, in the authors' opinion, is the crucial time for investment in research and development to tackle the lethal wildfire problem while electric power networks offer 'the lowest hanging fruits to pick.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8767948
Pages (from-to)440-450
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Bushfires
  • fault current detection
  • fault current limiters
  • high impedance faults
  • wildfires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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