How Europe lost and found six minutes on its watch

The European network of energy operators has dealt with the problem due to which on the continent clocks in household appliances have accumulated as much as 6 minutes behind real time. The reason for this was the squabbles between Serbia and Kosovo over the supply of electricity - the rebellious region needed 113 GWh, which it did not receive on time. And because of this, problems began over time throughout Europe.

The reason is simple - the clock in the microwave counts the time, focusing on the average frequency of the alternating current in the network of 50 Hz, because it is simple and convenient. But in the period from mid-January to March, due to disputes between Serbia and Kosovo, a deficit of the desired 113 GWh arose, which was automatically covered by a slight decrease in electricity supply throughout the European grid. And this led to a decrease in the frequency of the current to 49, 996 Hz. A trifle, but it affected the algorithm for calculating the time, and over the past period, the clock has accumulated a lag of as much as 6 minutes.

Not only timers on microwave ovens suffered, but also on many other household appliances, and in the homes of people far from the Balkan feuds. Therefore, European officials put pressure on the perpetrators and demanded that they equalize the levels of supply and consumption of energy, which was done by March 8.

And in order to compensate for the time lag on the clock of microwave ovens, the same officials ordered to increase the current frequency to 50.01 Hz for a whole month. Last week it was announced that the lost 6 minutes had been recovered, but the problem is that for many Europeans, everything that happens was a surprise due to poor press coverage. And therefore, it is better to check your clocks on all appliances in the house, so as not to find yourself in a situation where the refrigerator is in a hurry, and the washing machine is still living in the past.