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Reference Number NIA_SPEN_0042
Title Novel Temporary Earthing & Bonding Solutions
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 2020
End Date 01 November 2020
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £40,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (99.999%)
Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_SPEN_0042
Objectives A requirement of the project is to identify current earthing and bonding practices to establish existing levels of protection and security that can accommodate the standards set out by the Electricity Supply Industry. A detailed evaluation will encompass the need to either develop new techniques and methodologies for the UK DNO market or identify an overseas product/method that can be adopted into the current standards. There is a constant need to improve efficiency, without lowering standards. The study may identify and target areas where inappropriate equipment and procedures have been adopted without sufficient background information. The study will provide a review of the adoption process, equipment selection and the associated regulations required. There are two separate and parallel work streams (WS):WS1 – Temporary earthing for overhead linesWS2 – Temporary earthing for mobile generation Both work streams will focus on the current working practices and equipment used by UK network operators. Further work will be carried out to understand best practice used in Europe, US and Australia.Research will be carried out into current standards and if there are potential products available that can better meet these standards. Depending on how successful this research is, and the availability and cost of new products, trials and demonstrations will be carried out as part of the project. Stage 1 Objectives – Best practice and literature researchCapture current working practices with appropriate operational delivery (DNOs/contractors)Review range and specification of existing equipmentRequest information on equipment issues and potential improvementsReview compliance with latest EU standardsIdentify equivalent standards and relevant test specifications used overseas Stage 2 Objectives – ReportingAdvise on potential alternative productsProduce revised methodology and associated risk analysisClose Out report
Abstract This project will study and report on best practices for temporary earthing and bonding.
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Added to Database 02/11/22