Integrated Optical Sensors for Fault Detection in Smart Distribution Systems

James Kirtley, Mahmoud Rasras, and Hatem Zeineldin with Matt Angle, Po-Hsu Huang, Lukasz Huchel, Natalie Lao, Jorge Elizondo Martinez, and Colm O’Rourke

This grant is funded by the MIT Masdar Institute Cooperative Program

Electrical systems need to rapidly detect current overloads to shut down and isolate transformers and other components. Existing sensing devices can easily become saturated and inaccurate. This project is developing an optical sensor that would rapidly detect any current overloads.

Watch Matt present their project at IdeaStream 2016 below.