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Electric Fish Short-Circuit Blackouts

The sensors can be mounted on power poles tens of kilometres apart and used to locate a fault point and thus detect the incipient signs of a blackout and help to prevent it.

The sensors can be mounted on power poles tens of kilometres apart and used to locate a fault point and thus detect the incipient signs of a blackout and help to prevent it.

By Alexe Bojovschi & Khoi Loon Wong

Electric fish have inspired a new technology that can wirelessly detect where faults in the energy grid are likely to occur before they lead to blackouts.

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