The Big Bang
Posted on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
They get paid to blow things up at the KEMA-Powertest lab in Chalfont, the largest independent high-power electrical testing facility in America. On Tuesday, the lab welcomed back a newly refurbished 1 billion volt-amperes short-circuit generator, which delivers a jolt that can bring large electrical equipment to its knees. Makers of transmission and distribution equipment pay the lab to test the breaking point of their equipment. Electrical companies from across the country send their transformers and generators to Chalfont to see if they can match wits with the Powertest machinery.