Transforming Renewable Energy Collection Systems with Aerial Spacer Cable

Participants will learn about the engineering & cost advantages of spacer cable for Solar and Battery Storage Facilities, as well as when and where spacer cable offers advantages for Wind Farm applications.

This webinar was originally held on March 21st, 2024, and is now available for on demand viewing.


Duration: 1 hour

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The logical solution for medium-voltage collection systems at the majority of U.S. renewable energy facilities has been bare overhead lines or underground cables. Because these sites have been relatively small (under 100 MW, with the majority being under 5 MW), this system has worked well; one or two 34.5 kV collectors could handle the output with relative ease.

But renewable energy facilities are only going to keep getting bigger. As wind, solar and other renewable facilities grow, so do the challenges. As the number of collectors grows from one or two up to 10 or more, the complexity of which construction type to use, where to put the collectors, and what cost they reflect also increases dramatically. For these medium to large facilities, aerial spacer cable can offer a convenient, reliable, and cost-effective solution to the design conundrum.


Brian Trager
Director of Technology & International

Brian J. Trager is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE. He received his B.S. and M. Eng. degrees in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York in 1978 and 1980, respectively, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986. Mr. Trager has held various positions in Engineering, Consulting and Management at American Electric Power Company, Cooper Power Systems and Fisher-Pierce, and most recently at Hendrix Wire and Cable, where he is currently employed as Director of Technology & International. In addition to teaching courses to utility clients, he has taught Electric Power Engineering at Ohio State University, West Virginia University, and Pennsylvania State University, and has authored over 50 technical papers and articles for the IEEE and other national and international organizations.

With regard to electric power line specification, design, construction and management, Mr. Trager has worked on projects funded by international aid organizations to meet growing demand worldwide through the expansion of electric power infrastructure. He has brought to fruition numerous high-reliability power distribution projects in various sites on seven continents over a period spanning 45 years.

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