Comparing Different Substations and Their Uses

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Our team at Electric Power Systems specializes in manufacturing, installing, and repairing a variety of electrical systems and components, one of which is substations. In this article, we’ll go over a few of the many varieties of substations and how they are used.

Comparing Different Substations and Their Uses

  • What are substations? First, we’ll take a moment to define what substations are–essentially, they are systems within a larger electrical grid that are designed to control the other parts, such as the generators, circuits, and other apparatuses. In addition, most substations are used to convert alternating current to direct current.
  • Step-Up and Step-Down Substations. Two of the many varieties of substation are known as step-up and step-down substations. In electrical engineering, the terms step-up and step-down are used to refer to the process of converting a lower voltage current to a higher voltage one, and vice versa, respectively. This process is necessary to ensure that various equipment and devices get enough power to do their jobs, but not so much that their circuits overload. Our team at Electric Power Systems has installed many, many of these substations in our time, so you can count on us to do the same for you.
  • Distribution Substations. Distribution substations are an important part of an electrical grid, as these are where high-voltage currents go to be stepped-down and then distributed further down the network to end users. The current that travels directly from the power plants is too strong to be safe for consumer electronics, so such distribution stations are necessary to keep them from being damaged.
  • Customer Substation. A third type of substation are known as customer substations. If a commercial operation needs its own dedicated power supply, installing a customer substation is how to get it. Our team at Electric Power Systems has worked on many customer substations, and we are happy to help you investigate the possibility of installing one for your business.