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Reference Number NIA_UKPN0032
Title Mobile Field Control
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
UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2018
End Date 01 December 2021
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £1,539,960
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_UKPN0032
Objectives This is a first of a kind solution which will set out a framework for using Mobile Field Control to improve customer service and operational efficiency. In order to resolve the problems identified, the Mobile Field Control project will set up a multi-disciplinary project team. Representatives from UK Power Networks teams in Innovation, Network Operations, Information Systems, and suppliers (Yambay & GE Energy), will design and build first of a kind technology which will allow for Field Control to be performed using mobile solutions he project will build on current capabilities in UK Power Networks mobile solution known as PowerOn Mobile. The following innovative functionality not demonstrated or proven elsewhere will be part of the Mobile Field Control solution. 1. Ability to delegate Control to Field Engineers and return delegation via electronic devices. 2. Under Field Control the Control Engineer and Field Control Engineer can see the live running conditions in real time, where communications are available. 3. Field Control Engineers to remotely tele-control operations on the Network using the electronic device. 4. Safety documents can be issued and cancelled by the Field Control Engineer via the electronic devices. In addition to building the solution with the relevant suppliers, the project will also explore and recommend changes to existing business processes and policies (incl. health and safety) which allow for the solutions to be rolled out as business-as-usual following successful demonstration during the trial project. The project will design, build and trial a Mobile Field Control solution in order to deliver a set of requirements, which have been agreed by all stakeholders. A long period is allowed for the trial period to increase the likelihood of there being storm events to ensure the method is fully tested and any potential risks and issues identified and resolved before a business-as-usual deployment can take place. Time and budget extension was approved in December 2020 to extend the trial period and incorporate more time for data analysis and project closedown. This was due to a delay in the installation and commissioning of the new version of Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) required to maximise the project learnings and benefits delivery. The objective of the project is to demonstrate the benefits of Mobile Field Control which are in respect of improved customer service for distribution customers. The proposed solution will improve quality of supply on the network by reducing the time taken for Engineers to get customers back on supply. This is a first of a kind solution which will set out a framework for using Mobile Field Control to improve customer service and operational efficiency. It is anticipated that the trials will demonstrate improved performance in Customer Minutes Lost when using Mobile Field Control rather than existing Field Control and mobile solutions, which currently cannot be aligned due to technical limitations. Another objective of the project is to design and approve the relevant changes to existing business processes and policies which will enable smooth transition of these solutions into business-as-usual.
Abstract The objective of the project is to demonstrate the benefits of Mobile Field Control which are in respect of improved customer service for distribution customers. The proposed solution will improve quality of supply on the network by reducing the time taken for Engineers to get customers back on supply. This is a first of a kind solution which will set out a framework for using Mobile Field Control to improve customer service and operational efficiency.
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Added to Database 02/11/22