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Reference Number NPG_NIA_040
Title Pollywood II
Status Started
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) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire) plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2022
End Date 31 March 2025
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £495,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire) plc (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NPG_NIA_040
Objectives As per the original Pollywood project the methodology seeks to deliver the following* Poles or components that would be produced using spiral winding machines an industrial process allowing products to be manufactured to order.* A pole manufactured from eco-friendly sustainable resources.* A pole with a projected lifespan in excess of 50 years without the need to be treated with creosote. * A lightweight pole, which for network operators would have benefits for installation in difficult to access locations, since it will require less heavy plant for handling (could be man handled).* A pole which would still permit linesman to climb with the preferred inexpensive method of spiked boots.* A design of pole more cost effective than other traditional pole replacements * A hollow pole which will allow cabling to be trunked internally, giving a better performance from a safety perspective as well as being more aesthetically pleasing. Building on the work undertaken and successfully delivered in the original project, the key project stages required to bring the product to a TRL of 8 are as follows.*Integration of Adhesive Application*Development of Machine Operating Process*Production of 3, 5 & 7 Ply Tubes and Fungal Accelerated Testing*Testing of 3, 5 and 7 ply poles by Registered Test House and FEA Comparison*Production of Full-Scale Prototypes for initial Testing*Production of Full-Scale Prototypes for DNO assessment, plus additional test and analysis against ENA TS 43-88 standard requirements. The scope of this 36 month programme of work by Pollywood is to build on the work undertaken in the original project and to develop a manufacturing process to deliver poles to the field. The project scope is restricted to the supply and assessment of small numbers of full-sized poles for OHL support. The successful development of this technology for field use will open other possibilities beyond the direct replacement of existing wooden poles. Modular designs, replacement of cross arms are all potential developments once the material has been proven fit for purpose for the power industry requirements. These are out of scope for the Pollywood II project The objectives of this project are to:*Develop and optimise a pole manufacturing process (probably suitable for sub-contractor manufacturing).*Assess full scale poles against current standards.*Subject poles to accelerated environmental ageing tests.*Assess and confirm the economics and business case for pole manufacture and adoption. The full costs of commercialisation to be confirmed for poles which meet the industry standards. Including the full range of pole types and sizes.*Identify operational acceptance issues, such as climbability, compatibility of pole fixings and pole furniture, protection of attachment holes, pole erection and staying to be assessed.
Abstract The original Pollywood project was developed to investigate the use of wooden veneer composite materials as a creosote free alternative to the treated, northern-latitude, slow-grown pine currently used to support overhead lines. The initial phase of the project, completed in 2020, confirmed the promise of such materials and a second phase, Pollywood II, is now required. This project will more fully develop the concept and provide full-sized samples of poles for mechanical and other acceptance testing. Additionally the project will make the necessary preparations to transfer the Pollywood product into full production assuming a successful outcome to the project
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Added to Database 14/10/22