An electrical grid’s reliability is directly affected by transformer life. And, historical transformer design, loading, maintenance policy, and ambient conditions affect transformer life. Furthermore, new grid conditions, including distributed generation, may create additional disturbance to the interconnection element: the transformers.
In order to truly improve grid reliability, not only does it take a good solution but it also requires some changes to how the industry usually approaches transformer management. Good news is that it does not have to be painful, and does not require a huge capital investment or lengthy installation.
In this paper, we will discuss how utilities, by incorporating Envirotemp™ FR3™ fluid into their transformer specifications, can realize significant cost savings, increase transformer fleet performance and improve grid reliability.