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Reference Number NIA_SPEN0020
Title Instrument for the identification of Live and Not Live HV and LV cables
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 May 2017
End Date 01 January 2018
Duration 8 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_SPEN0020
Objectives The main objectives of this project regard the development of an instrument which will allow cables in a cable trench to be identified whether a cable is live, then identifying whether it is running at HV or LV. Two prototype units with specifications and CAD drawings will be delivered. The final result of the project will be a commercial product which may be produced by a manufacturer. The delivery of the above objectives, within budget and within agreed timelines, as is reasonable depending on the knowledge at this stage of the development phase. The project will be managed within SPEN applying due diligence and best practices where appropriate. The staged outcomes will include reports and specifications available for other licensees.
Abstract Currently, the only true way of identifying whether a cable is live or not is to use a spiking gun. This can cause issues, particularly where the cable has been misidentified, or where a cable cannot be found on record or traced. This can result in live cables being spiked, which can be dangerous and cause serious damage. A secondary issue for some areas is identifying whether a cable is running at HV or LV. This is a particular issue in many areas, where some HV cables are run at LV, and where HV Cables can closely resemble some LV cables. This is a clearly dangerous situation, and can result in an HV cable being opened live. These issues have been prominent and caused difficulties in a number of licensee areas. . There is also a current panel of inquiry in the Manweb area concerning a live HV cable which was opened in error. The project will develop an instrument to determine whether a cable is live or not live, then if live, it will determine if the cable is running at HV or LV. This will be carried out by running a feasibility study on potential solutions, developing an instrument based on the results, and then producing prototype devices to test on the network.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 20/08/18