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Reference Number NIA_UKPN0091
Title Satelline
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
UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 September 2023
End Date 31 March 2024
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £413,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Eastern Power Networks plc (0.001%)
Project Contact , South Eastern Power Networks plc (0.001%)
Project Contact , UKPN London Power Networks plc (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_UKPN0091
Objectives "The project aims to test remote sensing via satellite technology via trial to reveal whether it has made sufficient advancement to inform network vegetation management. The trial will demonstrate the ability to identify where, how much, and when to trim vegetation at a span level, including various other use cases. Model results will be validated with recent vegetation data as well as through field observations along with the operation and vegetation teams during the trial. Outcomes from analysis will be demonstrated through an existing platform built by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the project partner. The project will also develop a business case and roadmap for scaling the solution to the whole of UK Power Networks licence areas with vegetation and overhead lines. All work packages will be led by BCG and supported by UK Power Networks. Activities performed solely by UK Power Networks are stated in brackets. Work Package 1 – Specification, Data & Imagery GatheringIdentify criteria for analysing vegetation management data (customer impact-based ""criticality score” etc.) Identify network circuits that will be tested during the trial [Gather GIS files for those circuits
Abstract Vegetation management by electricity networks is used to minimise contact between trees/other vegetation and our overhead power lines to minimise disruption to our customers and improve safety. The current solution used by many networks to scan overhead lines and nearby vegetation is remote sensing Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and there are concerns that the cost of future scans could double. Networks are also seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and LiDAR scans are typically performed by aircraft that produce greenhouse gases and can cause noise pollution. Satelline aims to test satellite technology as an alternative to LiDAR and demonstrate whether the technology can accurately measure vegetation proximity to UK Power Networks overhead lines whilst exploring the costs and benefits of the technology.
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Added to Database 01/11/23