Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti - ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING HERO

Earlier on, we discussed a phenomenon called the Ferranti Effect. This is a rise in voltage occurring at the receiving end of a long transmission line, relative to the voltage at the sending end. This honor belongs to a British electrical engineer who promoted the installation of large electrical generating stations and alternating-current distribution networks in England.
This electrical effect was named after Sabastian Ziani de Ferranti (1864-1930), who in 1887 became the chief engineer for London Electric Supply Corporation (LESCo), responsible for the design of their power station at Deptford, England.

What led to this discovery was during the early days of Ferranti’s work at the Deptford Power Station, an anomaly was experienced when transmission line voltages remote from the generator rose to levels that damaged equipment. Intuition led engineers and operators of the time to think that voltage would decay over long distances, but this turned out to be true only when the line is loaded.

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