Geomagnetically induced currents and space weather - A review of current and future research in Austria

Dennis Albert, Herwig Renner, Thomas Stefan Halbedl, Rachel Louise Bailey, Georg Achleitner

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Conductive grounded electrical power transmission networks offer a low resistance path for currents induced in the ground. High latitude regions or those with low earth conductivity are especially affected by geomagnetically induced currents (GICs), which are caused by space weather events. Induced currents can cause damages of assets or system outages. Austria, as part of the European Alps with low conductive areas, tends to have a higher risk of induced currents in the electrical power transmission network, therefore, the effect of space weather in the power system has been investigated. Two independent models of GICs in Austria were set up and verified through comparison to ongoing transformer neutral point current measurements. Further research fields, such as space weather prediction, power transformers under dc.
Translated title of the contributionGeomagnetisch induzierte Ströme und Weltraumwetter - Eine Zusammenfassung über aktuelle und zukünftige Forschung in Österreich
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2019
Event54th International Universities Power Engineering Conference - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 3 Sept 20196 Sept 2019


Conference54th International Universities Power Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleUPEC 2019
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  • GIC
  • geomagnetically induced current
  • Low Frequency Currents
  • low frequency measurement
  • LFC
  • Transformer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems

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