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Reference Number NIA_NGET0013
Title Tablet interface for a SF6 mass flow top-up device
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 (Computer Science and Informatics) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 October 2012
End Date 01 January 2014
Duration 17 months
Total Grant Value £78,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGET0013
Objectives To create a sustainable template and process to reduce total cost on a solution that will use off the shelf technology and open protocols with the intention that it will be scalable across multiple technologies. This project will also provide understanding of the methodology to identify potential challenges and benefits associated with mobile data capture of test equipment. This project will be successful if we trial a remote SF6 mass flow top up device Further success will include integration into the SAM platform, a more accurate data capture methodology and a business implementation procedure.
Abstract National Grid have provided a highly available network to date, but the many challenges, such as environmental and Risk & Criticality, moving forward we will require greater levels of information open to a greater audience in the most cost effective way. The Project will be designed to be a generic platform so that other technologies such as portable DGA and PD can use the project as a platform so that there is one interface used for different technologies on site. This will drive a single solution so we’re not reliant on suppler solutions that may not meet all of our requirements and will add extra training for their standalone solution. Currently SF6 top-ups require the person doing the top-up on site to fill in an FFE script on their laptop. This can lead to problems with data entry, filling in data in the wrong place, miss typing data or delayed reporting of top-ups. Because of this possibility of problems once a quarter two people sit down for a day and review the top-up data and correct any data errors they find. By implementing a system that collects the information at time of top-up and gives the user information to select from drop down boxes it will improve the timeliness of the reporting and also the accuracy of the data collected. Also by collecting the data directly from the mass flow to SAM it will remove errors from copying the top-up mass value from the meter to the FFE Script like mistyping the values or rounding errors from happening. Development The method that has been proposed for this project includes: Working mass flow interface box Working tablet application Fully integrated mass flow unit with interface and site test unit Full prototype setup Production of 20 interface units10 mass flow units upgraded Alterative mass flow unit integrated with interface boxNote : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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