Vegetation on electric lines can cause flashovers such as this one. Flashovers like these often ignite wildfires. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

A practical benefit of using DFA is the ability to detect and repair arcing and misoperating devices that often cause wildfires. In a four-year study just completed at Texas A&M, it has been proven that many fires can be prevented with this technology.

Dr. B. Don Russell
Vegetation like this can cause faults and fires electrically. DFA can detect this type of vegetation fault before the dangerous situation escalates. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

“DFA has so far been the single most important operational technology we have implemented which has given us wins in the shortest amount of time. We want to multiply our DFA benefits and improve our overall system reliability and resilience by expanding our installation, possibly to our whole system, in the next few years.”

Dr. Comfort Manyame of Mid-South Synergy