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Asked by amyjordan to Chia-Yu, Helen, Matt C, Matt H, Rhod on 24 Jun 2013.
The national grid is everywhere! All the power lines you can see above you and all the electrical sub-stations that you might have seen are all part of the national grid. There are probably a few control stations dotted around, the main control station is in Wokingham, I think.
Yes, the national grid is all around us! In fact, through the electricity system almost every electrical device in the country is connected! The grid is designed so that even if one part fails, the electricity can flow around the failure and fill that area of the grip from another route. This is called ‘redundancy’ and helps keep the lights on in your house
The National Grid is controlled from the National Grid Control Centre which is located in St Catherine’s Lodge, Sindlesham, Wokingham in Berkshire in South East England.
It connects all of the power stations with all of the power lines that you see everywhere around you and makes sure we all have electricity all of the time.
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