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Reference Number NIA_SPT_1601
Title Power 2 Tower: Stage 1 Energy Harvesting Feasibility
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Other) 15%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 85%;
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 March 2016
End Date 01 June 2017
Duration 15 months
Total Grant Value £100,000
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_SPT_1601
Objectives The following objectives for stage 1 have been identified below; the successful outcomes of which will be used to develop future work packages. Technology investigation and design of harvesting devices, including review of the market. (This stage has partially been completed during initial scoping studies and has identified three main technologies)1. Electric Field2. Aeolian Vibration 3. Earth Wire Current Trial of harvesting devices, suited to the 3 energy sources described, on an OHL tower. Develop a measurement system that can be attached to a transmission tower to record the outputs from the trial devices Produce a report which summarises the findings and makes recommendations for stages 2 & 3. The project will be considered successful if the outputs from the objectives allow for further investigation and product development.
Abstract There are many requirements for monitoring along the length of, or at specific points on, overhead lines (OHL) - examples include dynamic line rating, partial discharge measurement on tower based cable sealing ends and fault location. However, the provision of 230 Vac single phase supplies to individual towers to power the monitoring equipment is problematic and unlikely to yield economically viable solutions. This project aims to investigate the feasibility of a monitoring system that can be used along the length of a transmission line, comprising of tower-mounted, wirelessly communicating monitoring platforms which are powered by energy harvesting from the immediate environs of the OHL tower. Thus, measurements made from one tower can be wirelessly transmitted to the next tower and so on until the data reaches an access point, such as a substation or a fibre optic cable joint. Hence, the tower-mounted hardware (TMH) units will have three functions: 1. Power management 2. Local monitoring 3. Store and forward node for adjacent TMH unitsNote : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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