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Reference Number NIA_SPEN_55
Title On-Site Non-Intrusive Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Tester
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 ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
SP Energy Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 October 2021
End Date 31 May 2023
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £785,534
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited (0.001%)
Project Contact , Eastern Power Networks plc (0.001%)
Project Contact , Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD) (0.001%)
Project Contact , ScottishPower Manweb plc (0.001%)
Project Contact , South Eastern Power Networks plc (0.001%)
Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire) plc (0.001%)
Project Contact , SPEN - SP Distribution Plc (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_SPEN_55
Objectives The transformer oil is a mixture of thousands of constituents mainly saturated hydrocarbons, their degradation products which are oxygenated analogues and degradation products of the solid insulation which themselves are also hydrocarbons and their oxygenated and sulphur analogues. Chlorinated hydrocarbons are only present if PCBs are present in the oil. We are therefore proposing to target chlorine concentration measurement remotely based on radionuclide decay (electron capture mode) using gamma ray detection.The proposed solution is intended to be a non-intrusive method of determining the PCB levels in the field without the need to return samples to the laboratory. The method does not require obtaining an oil sample from the asset or any interference with the fabric of the asset. Furthermore, as radioactive nuclei are of a natural existence, no additional radioactivity is introduced above the already naturally occurring levels in the methodology described. This project will cover:• Equipment sourcing• Theoretical undertakings and equipment calibration• Algorithm verification and laboratory trials• Field trials and training Development of an on-site non-intrusive PCB tester based on radionuclide decay using gamma ray detection
Abstract This project will develop a non-intrusive testing device which can be used on-site to determine whether PCBs are present in transformer oil.
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Added to Database 14/10/22