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Power transformers play a critical role in the U.S. electric power transmission and distribution system, acting as the off-ramps for power coming off the high voltage transmission lines down to the substations that distribute it. This is why power transformers are a critical part of any spares strategy. An emergency spare transformer program can provide needed redundancy, and help prevent an outage or restore power quickly when there’s a natural or even man-made event. The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has one of their own and has completed testing on the Recovery Transformer (RecX). The RecX is a mobile spare extra high voltage transformer designed to rapidly deploy to a needed location in the event of a transformer failure to restore power within days instead of weeks. While there is still much to be done, RecX builds our resilience capabilities.

Courtesy The Electric Power Research Institute for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

Courtesy The Electric Power Research Institute for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

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Learn more at www.dhs.gov

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