Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL) is a preventative measure for High Voltage (HV) customers that reduces the risk of powerlines starting bushfires. It works by rapidly limiting the current that is released in a phase to ground earth fault via a protective device installed in the neutral point of the 22kV zone substation transformer.
We are currently supporting AusNet Services with surveying to identify HV customers who are connected to a REFCL protected network and who will need to implement a strategy to mitigate the consequences of elevated voltages on their assets.
AusNet has recommended the following solutions for customers on these protected networks:
- Installation of an isolation transformer.
- Hardening of the customer’s HV electrical primary assets.
- Conversion to a low voltage supply.
You can find out more about REFCL, technical details of how it works and possible solutions for HV customers here.