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The European system has the advantage that high-impedance faults are easier to detect. Reliability—Generally, North American designs result in fewer customer interruptions. Nguyen et al. (2000) simulated the performance of the two designs for a hypothetical area and found that the average frequency of interruptions was over 35% higher on the European system. Although European systems have less primary, almost all of it is on the main feeder backbone; loss of the main feeder results in an interruption for all customers on the circuit.
Secondaries are often strung along or on top of buildings; this easy access does not require great skill to attach into. Outside Europe and North America, both systems are used, and usage typically follows colonial patterns with European practices being more widely used. Some regions of the world have mixed distribution systems, using bits of North American and bits of European practices. The worst mixture is 120-V secondaries with European-style primaries; the low-voltage secondary has limited reach along with the more expensive European primary arrangement.
Utilities operate more distribution circuits at higher voltages and use more underground circuits. But the concepts are much the same: alternating current (ac), three-phase systems, radial circuits, fused laterals, overcurrent relays, and so on. Advances in computer technology have opened up possibilities for more automation and more effective protection. How will future distribution systems evolve? Given the fact that distribution systems of the year 2000 look much the same as distribution systems in 1950, a good guess is that the distribution system of 2050 (or at least 2025) will look much like today’s systems.