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Solar Flares and potential disruption associated with them

Seminar

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An overview of the properties of solar flares, the problems they can cause and how the electrical generation industry can seek to mitigate these effects.

Date and Time

12 February 2013 - 19:00-21:00

Location

Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the Humber local network.


About this event

Although the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field shield it’s surface from any direct effects of solar flares, these flares still can wreak havoc on terrestrial communication systems and national power grids. Power grids are affected by the interaction between the corona ejection and the earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field. When these particles hit the ionosphere, they create a voltage between the atmosphere and the Earth. As a result, power systems that use the earth as a grounding voltage no longer work properly and this can disrupt power delivery to large areas. Our speaker, Bob Dean, from ERA Technology, will give an overview of the properties of solar flares, the problems they can cause and how the electrical generation industry can seek to mitigate these effects. Bob is the head of forensic engineering at ERA Technology. He joined ERA’s Cable Group in 1983 and has since specialised in failure analysis and the non-destructive testing of HV electrical equipment.

Programme

19:00 Refreshments
19:30 Seminar

Registration information

General public are welcome. Prior registration is preferred.

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