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Reference Number NIA_NPG_010
Title Pollywood - Alternative wooden pole system for OHL
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 PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 75%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Powergrid
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2016
End Date 01 May 2017
Duration 14 months
Total Grant Value £120,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NPG_010
Objectives The objective of this Project is to -*Develop a new material based on wood veneers and bio resins that will pass DNO’s criteria for being used as an alternative to traditional wooden power distribution poles. * Develop a material that is eco-friendly. * Develop a new design of pole using this material that possesses all the characteristics required for a power distribution pole. * Develop a replacement pole design that would be cost effective to deploy. * Explore new possibilities of utilizing the properties of this new material. The success criteria for the Project are:* The development of a material that meets DNOs specifications that could be used for new innovative designs in power distribution. * The demonstration of a prototype pole, which could be used as a replacement to traditional wooden power distribution poles. * The demonstration of a manufacturing technique to produce an alternative pole. * The results of this Project that would allow the manufacture and testing of full scale alternative poles using the new material development in this Project produced on a spiral winding machine.
Abstract Traditionally wooden power distribution poles have been preserved using creosote a chemical that is coming under EU and UK Government pressure to be replaced. Therefore, there is a need to find alternative preservatives to creosote or find alternative materials that can be used to replace traditional wooden poles. Any alternative to traditional wooden poles would need to meet the requirements of network operators. New materials and designs would have to demonstrate longevity, ease of installation and operation, correct mechanical strength, appropriate electrical properties, be eco-friendly and cost effective. Ultimately this Project would lead to the development of a material that could be used to manufacture power distribution poles or components that would give the network operators -* Poles or components that would be produced using spiral winding machines an industrial process allowing products to be manufactured to order. * A pole manufactured from eco-friendly sustainable resources. * A pole with a projected lifespan in excess of 50 years without the need to be treated with creosote. * A lightweight pole, which for network operators would have benefits for installation in difficult to access locations, since it will require less heavy plant for handling (could be man handled). * A pole which would still permit linesman to climb with the preferred inexpensive method of spiked boots. * A design of pole more cost effective than other traditional pole replacements* A hollow pole which will allow cabling to be trunked internally, giving a better performance from a safety perspective as well as being more aesthetically pleasing. The development of this technology will open other possibilities beyond the direct replacement of existing wooden poles. Modular designs, replacement of cross arms are all potential developments once the material has been proven fit for purpose for the power industry requirements.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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