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Reference Number EP/P030343/1
Title High Voltage Test Systems For Electricity Network Research
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Equipment 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor C Fagan
No email address given
Social Sciences
University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2017
End Date 31 March 2018
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £1,856,635
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North West
Programme NC : Infrastructure
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor C Fagan , Social Sciences, University of Manchester (99.992%)
  Other Investigator Prof R (Bob ) Freer , Materials, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr Z Wang , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr SM Rowland , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Prof I (Ian ) Cotton , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor AC Smith , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr Q Liu , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr K Kopsidas , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr IDJ Dupere , Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
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Abstract The UK needs to reduce the amount of fossil fuels it uses for heating / transport to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we emit into the atmosphere. Replacing fossil fuels will only be possible through the use of more electricity generated from low carbon sources (nuclear, wind, solar and marine). Estimates suggest the electricity transmission system may need to carry a peak power four times higher than is carried today. The power that flows through the transmission system will also become more intermittent as wind and solar power is dependent on variable weather conditions. We therefore need to develop a new generation of equipment that can be used to carry electricity from generator to customer. This equipment needs to be cost-effective and have a minimal impact on the environment (whether this be measured in terms of visual impact, noise, ability to recycle at end of life or a whole range of other factors).The advances in disciplines such as material science mean there are many exciting opportunities to examine new ways to manufacture and operate transformers, overhead lines, cables and circuit breakers that will be used on the electrical transmission system. We need to have facilities that are capable of translating underpinning science at the scale of full size transmission system equipment. We need to ensure we can test objects measuring some metres in length with a maximum weight of thousands of kilograms. We need to apply over 400,000 volts continuously to this equipment and at times up to 1.6 million volts to simulate the impact of lightning. We can only do that using a specialist facility that includes a large space into which we can place equipment and the high voltage test sets. The test supplies must be capable of testing equipment when we spray water onto surfaces in a way that represents rainfall. It must operate 'quietly' and allow us to measure extremely small electromagnetic signals associated with failures in insulation systems. Delivering this test facility will ensure we can help the efforts to decarbonise the UK energy system. The facility will allow the UK academic community to play a leading role in the global research community that is developing new insulation systems and the next generation of transmission system equipment. Working with the new full-size substation being developed by National Grid to test equipment for prolonged periods, we will attract industry to the UK and will support the efforts of smaller companies to convert their ideas into reality. Through the facility we will train the next generation of engineers who will support the efforts to develop a low carbon electricity system that is reliable and provides low cost energy to customers for many years to come
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