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Reference Number NGEN05/V1
Title Retrofit Insulated Cross Arms (RICA)
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 ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 December 2021
End Date 31 March 2026
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £9,133,410
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (100.000%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NGEN05/V1
Objectives Please see (NIC) RICA Full Submission Application [NGEN05/V1
Abstract By replacing metallic cross arms with insulated cross arms (ICA) the Retrofit ICAs (RICAs) solution through increased clearance to earth will allow licensees to upgrade the voltage rating of existing 275kV towers to operate at 400kV. The solution will allow an increase of the overhead line rating by over 45% with minimal construction activities and much sooner network capacity access when compared to a new built. This project will provide a pathway for the GBs first full-scale implementation of RICA technology, by mitigating technology risks and accelerating its adoption onto transmission investment schemes. The project will remove the current process, technology, and specification hurdles that have prevented licensees from adopting RICA as business as usual previously.
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Added to Database 14/10/22