Lately, europeans have observed how time flies and have discovered a discrepancy in clocks. It hasn’t only been in their imagination. On the entire continent, the electronic clocks like those on the microwave ovens have recorded a delay of 6 minutes. The reason for this was the dispute between Kosovo and Serbia regarding the electricity bills. Recently the Kosovo government decided to make up for this mistake and pay the debt to re-establish the electric energy balance.
The majority of clocks from the home appliances are electronics and are based on it to count the time. The electricity is passed in our houses by Alternative Current, which means that the direction of the electricity flow is on a come and go route 4 times a second. According to The Verge, in Europe the frequency is 50 hertz.
From 1930 the producers made use of this advantage to determine the passing of time. Each clock needs a metronome and an AC which saves some costs. People are setting the time and then the frequency runs its course. Since the methods of counting the time rely on the current’s frequency, the timers rely on it as well.
These information have been provided by ENTSO-E, the agency which supervises the electricity network formed of 25 Europe states. The fluctuations in the frequency are caused by an unbalanced network.