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Reference Number NIA_SPEN0013
Title Interoperable LV Automation - Stage 1
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 ENA Smarter Networks
Start Date 01 September 2016
End Date 01 July 2017
Duration 10 months
Total Grant Value £106,839
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_SPEN0013
Objectives Each discrete Phase has an objective: Phase 1 - Production of a Functional Design Specification As the title suggests, this phase looks to produce a Functional Design Specification (FDS) for the new LV automation solution that is designed to meet the requirements outlined in the Method section. Phase 2 - Production of a Concept Design in 3D CAD with Design Calculations As per title, with the resulting Concept Design being assessed by SPEN to approve its feasibility. Phase 3 - Benchtop Prototype Demonstration Demonstration of the physical performance of the prototype. Phase 4 - Prototype Testing Lab testing of the performance of x3 prototypes to ensure they are ready for field testing. Phase 5 - Onsite Testing Limited network trial of the prototypes to assess the suitability of their design and performance Each discrete Phase has a Success Criteria: Phase 1 - Production of a Functional Design Specification This phase will be successful if a feasible FDS can be agreed upon and published that provides the functionality required from the new LV automation solution Phase 2 - Production of a Concept Design in 3D CAD with Design Calculations This phase will be successful if SPEN signs off on the Design work and agrees to take this proposal to Phase 3Phase 3 - Benchtop Prototype Demonstration This will be a success if the initial prototype can successfully demonstrate its performance and functionality Phase 4 - Prototype Testing This will be a success if the prototypes pass the tests proposed in order to assess the solutions suitability for field trials Phase 5 - Onsite Testing This will be a success if the prototypes are able to demonstrate their full range of functions and stability on a live network The continuation of the project will be reviewed at the end of each phase. If it is not feasible to continue to the next phase the project will be drawn to a close at the end of the previous phase. At the end of Phase 5 SPEN and the project collaborators will discuss what is required in order to proceed to Stage 2.
Abstract Meshed LV networks are common place within SP Energy Networks (predominantly SPM), whilst these network provide greater utilisation of network assets and a more secure supply for customers they do have some associated issues: Meshed LV networks require greater discipline and control to ensure the running arrangements are kept within the design and operational parameters They typically operate at higher fault level than radial networks due to interconnection of multiple secondary transformer HV automation schemes are reliant on the control of LV interconnections, the present approach to achieve this is through potentially costly network reconfigurations and subsequent control measures to ensure that the new running arrangements are maintained LV Automation has the potential to provide a solution for the long term management of meshed networks, however, in order to do so there are a number of key requirements that need to be developed. This project aims to develop and trial a prototype LV automation device for deployment on meshed networks. The device will be designed to: Autonomously and remotely un-mesh and re-mesh the network Provide customer service improvements through fault re-closing (designed for higher network fault level)Interoperate with existing and emerging fault location solutions Interoperate with HV automation schemes Provide real time visibility of the LV network configuration Fit all types of LV boards Keep deployment costs to a minimum with a targeted price per LV circuit board way ofNote : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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