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Mastering  the Arc

Mastering the Arc

When inquisitive minds cross advanced materials, innovative solutions to interrupt current flow develop.

The electric grid took a jump start back in 1882 with the first commercial electrical system. This system only had 59 customers on a 110-V direct current (dc) distribution system that covered a few blocks in Lower Manhattan, New York, U.S.,but it started the growing customer demand cycle. A year later, it had 513 customers, and the rest is history. Over the past 130-plus years, there has been a worldwide customer base jump to billions of people with a huge dependency on electricity.

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