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Reference Number NIA_SSEN_0060
Title Portable – Low Voltage Fault Passage Indicators (Portable – LV FPI)
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
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Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD)
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 May 2022
End Date 31 July 2023
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £353,750
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD) (100.000%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD) (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_SSEN_0060
Objectives PHASE 1 – Factory Development & Test Network Assessment.Fault passage indicators will be developed in the suppliers factory and tested on a replica test network. This approach enables simulation of a range of faults under controlled conditions. The fault passage indicators will be benchmarked against various types of simulated low voltage faults, developing methodologies for using the equipment on the network.PHASE 2 - Field TrialsFault passage indicators will be supplied to a selection of field teams in SEPD and SHEPD. The teams will be chosen to cover different network topographies and cable types. Field trials will run for 6-9 months to ensure use on a representative sample of cases. During that time, data from the field will be collected, analysed and compared with historical records to establish quantifiable improvements in fault location. In addition, the practical opportunities and challenges of deploying these devices in the operational environment will be assessed.PHASE 3 – Project Close DownIf the results from the phases above demonstrate technical and financial viability, a recommendation will be made for transfer into business as usual. To assess how fault passage indicator technology performs when managing faults on the LV Network. The project will consist of 3 Phases• Phase 1 - (3 Months) – Development of suitable commercial solution from the previous proof of concept works completed in a previous NIA Project (Low Voltage – Underground Fault Location Technologies). Design process in preparation for field trials on DNO LV network.• Phase 2 – (6 -9 Months) – Field trials using portable fault passage indicator technology on sustained LV faults.• Phase 3 – (3 Months) Project evaluation that could lead to business as usual. Dissemination of project to other network licensees and interested parties. By the end of the project• To have developed commercially viable portable fault passage indicators for use in conjunction with existing proven low voltage fault location technologies.• To have developed business as usual processes for their use to efficiently locate low voltage faults ion ED networks.• To have disseminated the learnings from the project through annual or targeted events for the benefit of GB customers.
Abstract Project Portable – Low Voltage Fault Passage Indicators (Portable – FPI) is an innovative project to develop portable fault passage indicators that can be used on the low voltage underground network. The equipment will be designed to be used by DNO operational staff to help locate faults on complex radial networks by measuring fault current flow in spurs.This has the potential to enable more efficient fault locating activities and therefore provide better service for customers. This project will last fifteen months. A previous NIA project, Low Voltage – Underground Fault Location Technologies (LV-UFLT) NIA_SSEN_0037, proved the concept of this innovation.
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