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Reference Number NIA_SPEN0019
Title Operational Assessment of Composite Poles
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 February 2017
End Date 01 February 2018
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £75,000
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_SPEN0019
Objectives Establish a safe working practice to allow climbing and work on composite poles Identify any unforeseen issues when working with composite poles with both LV and 11kV conductors Complete a report describing the positives and negatives of using composite poles compared to wood poles based on the feedback from the field trial The project will be considered successful if the outputs from the objectives allow for further investigation and product development.
Abstract Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) throughout the UK use the preservative Creosote to protect the wooden poles that are used for overhead line construction at all voltages from LV through to 132kV with over 25,000 new poles erected each year. Creosote is a harmful chemical. If it comes in to contact with the skin it can cause burns and it has carcinogenic properties. The use of Creosote comes under review every 5 years and there is already a ban in certain circumstances. Industry experts expect that the use of Creosote shall be allowed until 2023 but before this ban is enforced DNOs have to begin investigating alternatives and have a plan already in place if the ban goes ahead. This project aims to investigate the feasibility of an alternative to wood poles. It will examine the use of composite poles for a network application involving both 11kV and LV applications, ensuring that best practice can be adopted whilst trialling and developing the different innovative working, design and climbing techniques required.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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