A global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, CommScope, Inc., will supply its GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel solution to the Bishop Hill Wind Farm in Henry County, Illinois. This solution is an alternative to solid and stranded copper that is increasingly in demand by utilities for its cost-efficiency and anti-theft characteristics.
In a press release, Ric Johnsen, senior vice president, Broadband, CommScope, said, “Copper clad steel continues to gain in popularity due to its lower cost, the integrity of the material and the suitability of its use in grounding applications as a replacement for copper for wind farms. In an effort to reduce costs on wind farm projects, developers and contractors are turning to a practical alternative to solid copper. GroundSmart is the smart alternative to copper, providing high strength and reliability for years. The developers of Bishop Hill see GroundSmart as a simple solution to reducing projects costs without compromising the system’s integrity.”
The copper clad steel is particularly designed to disband fault currents and lightning strikes at a lower total cost of ownership compared to pure copper. It is an electrical conductor that has an outer sleeve of copper metallurgically bonded to a solid steel core. With theft of copper on the rise, the lower copper content in GroundSmart also reduces the attractiveness of the product to thieves. This solution is manufactured at the CommScope facility in Statesville, NC, that is ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 registered.
CommScope, Inc. was recently in news when it announced that it will supply its hydrogen fuel cell solution to the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, or SCTE, as a backup power solution. CommScope's hydrogen fuel cell solution will provide 64 hours of backup power to the data center in SCTE's headquarters in Exton, PA. This will mark the first time a leading cable industry organization is scheduled to deploy CommScope's alternative-energy solution, the company said.
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Edited by Rich Steeves