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  1. Algorithm IDs Dangerous Risks in Power GridEach summer, power grids are pushed to their limits, as homes and offices crank up the air conditioning in response to rising temperatures. A single failure in the system — such as a downed power line or a tripped relay — can cause power outages throughout a neighborhood or across entire towns.For the most part, though, a failure in one part of the grid won’t bring down the entire network. But in some cases, two or more seemingly small failures that occur simultaneously can ripple through a power system, causing major blackouts over a vast region. Such was the case on Aug. 14, 2003, when 50 million customers lost power in the northeastern U.S. and Ontario — the largest blackout in North American history. Even more recently, in July 2012, India experienced the largest power outage ever, as 700 million people — nearly 10 percent of the world’s population — went without power as a result of an initial tripped line and a relay problem.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/07/algorithm-ids-dangerous-risks-power-grid

    Algorithm IDs Dangerous Risks in Power Grid

    Each summer, power grids are pushed to their limits, as homes and offices crank up the air conditioning in response to rising temperatures. A single failure in the system — such as a downed power line or a tripped relay — can cause power outages throughout a neighborhood or across entire towns.

    For the most part, though, a failure in one part of the grid won’t bring down the entire network. But in some cases, two or more seemingly small failures that occur simultaneously can ripple through a power system, causing major blackouts over a vast region. Such was the case on Aug. 14, 2003, when 50 million customers lost power in the northeastern U.S. and Ontario — the largest blackout in North American history. Even more recently, in July 2012, India experienced the largest power outage ever, as 700 million people — nearly 10 percent of the world’s population — went without power as a result of an initial tripped line and a relay problem.

    Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/07/algorithm-ids-dangerous-risks-power-grid

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