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Reference Number NIA_SSEPD_0018
Title Assessment of Remotely Operated Mulching Methods
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 BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD)
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 November 2015
End Date 01 November 2016
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £259,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD) (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Southern Electric Power Distribution plc (SEPD) (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_SSEPD_0018
Objectives - Define risk assessment for the use of plant- Develop trial work programme- Evaluate commercially available options based upon the programme- Procure machine and carry out training- Commence trial period of 6 months- Compare methods and determine the viability of the innovative method The project will determine the viability of the use of remotely operated mulching methods
Abstract Within the SHEPD and SEPD Distribution network areas, together referred to as Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) within this registration form, tree cutting is considered to be a high risk activity. We are aiming to reduce the amount of manual chainsaw operation in hazardous areas where slips and trips are more likely. To do this we are trying to increase the amount of mechanised work we do, in particular by the use of forestry mulching machines. Forestry mulching is a land clearing method that uses a single machine to cut, grind, and clear vegetation. This project will potentially reduce the number of minor injuries and reportable safety incidents. Manoeuvrability and the size of traditional mulching machinery pose significant issues when working adjacent to a live network or at smaller sites. In normal circumstances where the proposed machinery will be used we would currently send four staff with a wood chipper where heavier machinery is not accessible. This project seeks to investigate the potential improvement of efficiency and safety through the use of remotely operated vehicles to carry out tasks associated with forestry mulching. The remote controlled forestry mulcher which can tackle banks of a 45 degree angles, not only minimises the risks to operators over the conventional cutting systems, but also aims to reduce the amount of vegetation on embankments on railways and motorways. The machine allows for stump grinding and ease of transportation to inaccessible places to be possible.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 10/07/18