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Reference Number NIA_SHET_0016
Title Alternative to Wood Poles - Feasibility Study
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 40%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 40%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
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Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD)
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 July 2015
End Date 01 June 2016
Duration 11 months
Total Grant Value £40,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD) (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_SHET_0016
Objectives Produce a literature review of available products Create technical specifications for assessing 132kV alternative poles Identify all the costs and benefits of available composite, laminated and modular pole alternatives Develop a more accurate cost benefit analysis tool Define an appropriate testing methodology for products Estimate and schedule requirements for future testing and development The project will seek to improve the variability of currently understood costs and benefits of available composite, laminated and modular pole alternatives. To identify the appropriate applications for available composite, laminated and modular pole alternatives in the UK. To identify the costs and benefits of available composite, laminated and modular pole alternatives and develop a detailed cost benefit analysis case which will give a clear recommendation for their deployment across the SHETL area.
Abstract Within the UK Distribution and Transmission networks there are large numbers of wood poles coming to the end of their operational life. With an ageing network we will see an increase in the demand for wood poles ranging in size for which the supply may be limited in some cases for the larger poles. These ageing structures can suffer from both pole top and ground level rot, and during severe weather periods run the risk of collapse due to wind damage and ice loading. A shortage of poles may require the user having to procure wood poles made from fast growing trees which do not have the strength of the traditional woods. These faster growing types of wood are also more likely to suffer rot in a shorter period of time. Wood pole failure leads to a number of customer interruptions across the UK each year and replacing the older equipment, reduces short term maintenance and refurbishment costs and improves customer service. Although wooden pole alternatives have been used elsewhere in the world their application in the UK has not been measured and there is a degree of uncertainty as to the potential benefits they may provide whilst ensuring that they meet the required technical and safety standards. The project will attempt to improve on that degree of uncertainty and look to better understand the business case and application. This project seeks to investigate structures which could be used, in some instances, as suitable alternatives to wood poles. From these investigations the project will lead to us having chosen those suitable and having a conclusive cost benefit analysis tool.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 26/04/18