Chinese park to use tourist-friendly substations

Dec 26, 2018
Substations
Posted by Patrick Haddad

China’s Huangsipu Eco Park has installed eight “smart” substations accessible to tourists in order to help make them seem less “off-limits”.

The Huangsipu Eco Park in Zhangjiagang has turned eight substations into places where visitors can take a rest, recharge phones, and even watch fish swim.

“We hope to change the public impression that electric substations are enclosed and forbidding,” said Zhai Xiaodong, deputy chief engineer of the State Grid’s Zhangjiagang branch, which co-designed the substations with several Chinese universities.

The substations are designed to blend in with the natural environment in an effort to make power infrastructures more acceptable to the public.

In one substation the transformers are stored underground using a lifter while the aboveground pavilion offers free services such as music, cooling water spray, and even measuring blood pressure.

Another substation is located in the centre of a pond, with sights of carp swimming around it.

The company said it invested more than 30 million yuan (4.3 million U.S. dollars) into the development of the substations and made a number of tech breakthroughs including making substation equipment waterproof.

“Many people shun power facilities and will resist their construction in their proximity for fear of radiation, but transformers that meet safety standards are actually harmless. Our transformers, for instance, radiate less than an electric razor,” Zhai said.

 

Source: Xinhua Net

Photo (for illustrative purposes): Zhangjiagang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China/ Song songroov/ Wikimedia/

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