Transformers are primarily used to change voltages to serve different functions within the electrical system. Two types of transformers include power transformers and distribution transformers. Several distinct characteristics separate power transformers from distribution transformers, with the main differences dependent on specific features like the type of network used, location of installation, and voltage capacity.
Fundamentally, a power transformer performs the function of power transmission and receiving purposes. Subsequently, a power transformer’s voltage ratio varies between 756kV to 11kV. When compared to distribution transformers, a power transformer will often have a higher MVA rating.
Unlike a power transformer, distribution transformers serve for circulation purposes. Such equipment will, therefore, bring down (step down) the voltage and incidental level of a power transmission line to a predetermined scale. This predefined level is also referred to as the end-user safety level, either for domestic consumers or for industrial purposes.
Though similar in stature to a power transformer, a distribution transformer's voltage range varies between 33kV to 430V.
Ultimately, despite the listed differences, one thing both power and distribution transformers share in common is their susceptibility to critters, potentially resulting in undesired power interruptions and outages. Fortunately, Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard systems are designed to help protect power lines, substations, and transformers against animal intruders.
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