IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 19, 2002 — Composite Technology Corp. (CTC), a company commercializing new aluminum conductor composite core (ACCC) cable for the transmission and distribution of electricity, recently announced that electrical conductor icon Andrew R. McCulloch has joined CTC’s Technology Advisory Board to provide assistance in the commercialization of the company’s patent pending ACCC cable.
CTC’s CEO, Benton H Wilcoxon, stated, “We are very pleased that an industry leader of McCulloch’s stature has shown strong support and confidence in our conductor technologies. His direct involvement in all aspects of the development and testing of aluminum conductors for Alcan Aluminum Corporation (ALCAN) over four decades brings tremendous knowledge and experience to CTC’s composites team. Further, his extensive training of conductor technologists world-wide and his life-long collaboration in setting industry standards for conductors will accelerate our program to gain rapid acceptance and deployment of ACCC cable in the international electrical utility industry.”
In 1952, McCulloch joined ALCAN’s Research Laboratory, after graduating from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario Canada with a degree in electrical engineering. He retired from ALCAN in 1994 as Chief Engineer, a title he carried for 16 years. During his tenure he was ALCAN’s authority on conductors and was involved in every aspect of conductor design, development, testing, certification and documentation.
During his 42 years with this aluminum industry giant, he oversaw studies involving conductor properties including electrical, mechanical, fabrication, corrosion, high temperature operation, ice melting, greasing and selection of fittings.
He specialized in conductor sag and tension, elements that are pivotal in the successful introduction of any new conductor technology. McCulloch served on several standards committees including the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for bare conductors and steering; the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for transmission, distribution, towers & poles, conductor motion, construction methods and ampacity calculations; the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), American Society for Quality Control (ASQC) and many others.
Since leaving ALCAN he has provided consulting services to the conductor industry on a number of projects, including the evaluation and assessment of coastal environment exposure issues in South America. He continues to attend seminars in order to remain updated on the state of the art in the conductor industry.
About Composite Technology Corporation:
CTC is commercializing advanced aluminum conductor composite core (ACCC) cables for the transmission and distribution of electricity. The unique properties of CTC’s composite core conductors enable ACCC to transmit up to twice the electrical power when compared to traditional steel-core reinforced cable.
Added benefits include up to 28% less line loss, and reductions in line sag and electromagnetic fields. ACCC cables have been specifically designed to allow utility companies to easily replace existing transmission lines without modification to the towers, thereby avoiding the deployment of new towers and rights-of-way that are costly, time consuming and impact the environment. By reducing electrical power losses during transmission, ACCC cables make transmission more efficient and improve utility companies’ return on investment.
For more information see: http://www.compositetechcorp.com.
SOURCE: Composite Technology Corporation