Power Grid Experiment Might Cause Problems To Some Appliances

By on Jun 27, 2011 in Appliances, Science, Technology, United States, World Comments

A proposal from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. of a yearlong experiment to update the nation’s power grid to make it more efficient might cause problems with computers, traffic lights and security systems, international news reported on Friday, June 24, 2011.

Old Digital Clock
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The national grid reportedly translates all kinds of power, whether it is nuclear, hydroelectric or solar to a steady frequency of 60 Hertz. This process was said to be expensive, and to cut costs, the proposal to loosen that fixation on 60 Hz was made.

According to reports, the experiment may cause digital clocks and other appliances that rely on it such as DVD players and coffee makers to run up to 20 minutes faster per year.

“A lot of people are going to have things break and they’re not going to know why,” Demetrios Matsakis, the chief of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory, was quoted as saying.

Matsakis said that those appliances relying on electrical currents for the maintenance of their time may be affected. However, those appliances which time relies on the internet or other networks will not be affected.

According to reports, the experiment is scheduled to start on mid-July. However, the test date might be changed as public reactions started coming in, according to Business Insider.

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