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Reference Number NIA_UKPN0039
Title Engineered Poles Products
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 10%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Other Supporting Data) 90%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining 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 July 2018
End Date 01 January 2021
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £249,815
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Electricity North West Limited (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_UKPN0039
Objectives In order to overcome these challenges we will:Develop a draft specification from first principles for alternative engineered pole products. This will be reviewed by the whole industry through the Collaborative Energy Portfolio (CEP).Test one type of engineered poles against the draft specification within the identified product manufacturing facility, in order to test the suitability of the specification.Install/trial the new engineered poles on the network. Develop the installation & operation manuals for utilising these alternative poles in future, revise the specification as required following learning from first use. This project is formed of two phases: Phase 1: A collaborative development of a draft specification and recommended revisions to standards through the CEP for engineered poles. This includes:Feasibility Study Report : Publish a feasibility study report on historical design standards to establish a technical basis for justifying the continued use of empirical design methods detailed in ENA TS 43-40 and TS 43-50 when utilising engineered pole products.Factor of Safety Report : Determine an appropriate factor of safety that can be used for the range of engineered pole products.Draft specification circulated within the industry for review : Draft a new specification based on empirical methods that could potentially be used to revise existing design standards (ENA TS 43-40 and TS 43-50). Following this project the ENA Overhead Line Working Group will decide whether to amend the standards and what amendments to make based on this learning. Life Cycle Analysis Report : Publish a report which looks at the whole life cycle of different types of pole material available in terms of the possible future environmental benefits, costs of production, transportation and construction of each.As part of the final phase 1 report the consultancy contract will provide indicative costs of one or more of the proposed potential products to replace wooden poles (and this will consider potential mass scale production/location/different sizes etc.).Phase 2: Procurement, testing and trialling the new proposed engineered poles. This includes:Procurement, Manufacturing & Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) : Following the draft specification creation and based on the required characteristics a tender will be released for supplying poles and poles will be manufactured and tested through agreed Factory Acceptance Tests.Poles Delivered to site : Delivery of poles to the nominated site. Successful Installation : Installation of Engineered Poles on distribution overhead line networks.Installation Procedures and BAU adoption Report : Developing the new Installation Procedures for future utillisation of the engineered poles through Asset Management. Phase 1: Develop a draft specification for alternative engineered poles. The draft specifications developed will be agreed by the whole industry through the ENA/CEP.Phase 2 : Completed Trial and completed Business as Usual standards will focus on testing the engineered poles against this draft specification within the manufacturing facility and installing(trialing) the new engineered poles on a UKPN 33kV line. The current proposed trial will require 6-10 poles in total. Furthermore following the completion of the trial UKPN will work on the BAU documentation to enable the use of engineered poles in UK Power Networks and other DNOs complying with the specifications developed on phase 1 of this project.
Abstract This project has produced new specification for Engineered Poles and the second phase of this project will demonstrate whether they are fit for procurement activities.
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Added to Database 14/12/22