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Reference Number NIA_SSEPD_0022
Title Ester Fluid Transformer Re-Design
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
Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD)
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 December 2015
End Date 01 January 2017
Duration 13 months
Total Grant Value £115,000
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_0022
Objectives Phase 1 Objectives The project will determine if the re-design of transformers to higher temperature limits and use of ester-based fluids can reduce the manufacturing and installation costs of transformers The project will determine if the new design limits are compliant with current Eco-design standards Phase 2 Objectives The project will prove the new design in a live environment If successful the new design will be rolled out as business as usual Phase 1 will seek to investigate the cost and operational implications of re-design and use of transformers built to IEC 60076-14 limits for use of ester-based fluids as an insulating medium. Phase 2 will seek to investigate any detrimental effects on transformer performance over a 3 year monitoring period. The success of the project will be to understand the implications of transformer re-design to allow for running at higher temperature limits.
Abstract Use of mineral insulating oil, as used in existing transformers, has potential disadvantages in terms of environmental compatibility, fire safety and sustainability. The solution to this issue has traditionally been the use of ester-based fluids such as Midel 7131. Although these products are seen to provide environmental and safety benefits they are also significantly more expensive than traditional mineral oil thus negating large scale use. Power transformers are designed to IEC 60076-2 which limits winding temperatures to 140°C to stay safely below the ignition temperature of mineral oil. These design parameters are currently used for both mineral oil and ester-based fluid filled transformers. This project seek to investigate the potential of designing power transformers for use at distribution level to IEC 60076-14 limits which will allow higher operational temperatures for fluids with higher ignition points.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 14/08/18