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Reference Number NIA_SPEN0011
Title LV Elbow Joints
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
SP Energy Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2016
End Date 01 November 2017
Duration 20 months
Total Grant Value £120,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_SPEN0011
Objectives The objectives of each discrete Work Package is as follows;1: FAT Laboratory testing to ensure kits are compliant with BS 503932: Training and Policy Class room training with SPEN jointers and excavation teams to establish good working practices Training using the joint kits and associated link boxes Redesign / modification of kits Generation of rules when kit can be used Identify key policy (internal and external)3: Onsite installation On site testing and installation Establish benefits generated for LV Benefit tracker to establish saving achieved and potential business case for wide scale role out. Including the investigation into what other areas this technology could offer benefits. 4: Requirements for Business as Usual (BaU) adoption and UK DNO dissemination Identify any further enhancements that can deliver additional benefits to DNOs and customers. The project will be considered successful if the aforementioned objectives are realised.
Abstract Renewing and upgrading underground Low Voltage (LV) link-boxes can be costly and time consuming activity that is also disruptive to customers, businesses and road users alike. Although the current method of modernisation is well established and has been optimised for improved internal efficiency, significant cost are still incurred through the excavation and reinstatement process as this makes up the majority of cost for this type of work. The conventional DNO approach for this activity is for open cut trenching to allow for enough space for the new equipment and cables to be safely installed as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. This can include significant additional excavations to allow cables to be installed with the correct bending radius. This additional excavation work can greatly increase the cost for the work, ties up limited resources from front line activities and can cause significant disruption for local business and road users as increase traffic management is often required. This project aims to work with a key cable joint kit manufacturer Tyco, to investigate the feasibility of using elbow and 180 degree joint kits to significantly reduce the footprint and consequently civil costs required for link-box modernisation work. SPEN has previously worked closely with Tyco to help design and develop a suite of joint kits which will be trialled to establish whether significant savings could be achieved from the wide scale adoptions across the businessNote : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 31/08/18