SH Coatings LP
SH Coating protects power lines from inclement weather as well as contamination from salt deposits that often cause flashovers in coastal environments. The coating can be applied to existing power lines and equipment in any field condition.
The most important application is coating power lines in ice storm threatened areas. Power lines coated with SHC prevent the ice build-up that come with ice storms by repelling the rain that ordinarily falls on power lines and freezes there forming a wing on the leeward side of the line and causing the lines to gallop during wind events. This action destroys the poles carrying the lines as well as cause lines to short out. Damage caused by these events causes severe economic damage to communities, and blacks out large areas of a region’s power grid when they hit - sometimes for extended times.
The most extreme damage example was an ice storm that almost completely shut down the grid around Montreal, Canada, in 1998. That storm caused $5 Billion in damage to the network, not including collateral damage to commercial, industrial and residential interests. There are many examples of similar here in the United States.
The Ice Belt here in the United States ranges from Montana to New Mexico and then east through the plains such as Kansas, Nebraska and Arkansas, where upper level low-pressure areas met high-pressure artic weather. Much of the Midwest and New England have also experienced ice storms that cause deaths as well as significant economic damage due to power outages. There has been no technology available until now to protect these systems. The SHC technology is now available and will help protect these important systems from problems created by these ice storms.
Costs to repair networks are great. The average cost of replacing one wooden power pole is approximately $2,000.00. With approximately 20 to 25 poles per mile, the cost can easily exceed $30,000 per mile. It is not unheard of for a single ice storm to pull down thousands of poles, which can cost a municipality from $20 to $40 million. Ask a rural electric coop what his biggest nightmare is and he will tell you an ice storm. That is what keeps their attention to the weather during the winter months. SHC will protect our power networks and defend against this catastrophe.
While our focus is upon damages caused by ice on power lines, we also believe that the SHC coating can be applied safely and effectively to adjoining trees and greenery that may threaten power lines by collapsing onto them. The SHC coating is toxicologically safe for the environment and could be sprayed onto dormant trees and greenery to prevent ice built up. While this treatment has yet to be tested, we believe that it is a viable possibility that will not harm the environment.
A reliable working and protected power network during winter events is important to the wellbeing of local, as well as large, networks and economies.