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Reference Number NIA_NGET0123
Title EPRI Research Collaboration on Substations
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
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2013
End Date 01 January 2015
Duration 21 months
Total Grant Value £1,148,620
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_NGET0123
Objectives Protection and Control Maintenance Approaches EPRI Project 37. 103: To improve electricity transmission network reliability and security by reducing the changes of relay mis-operation. SF6 Management EPRI Project 37. 108: Reduce SF6 emissions from the electricity transmission network. Protection and Control Maintenance Approaches EPRI Project 37. 103: In 2014, proposed research tasks will evaluate configuration management processes, tools and develop applicable templates to assist utilities in the implementation of configuration and setting management. Future year tasks will collect use cases from utilities to generate recommended practices as well as identify the potential gaps for improvement. The ultimate outcome from the configuration management research will help utilities move towards standardized design, and automate processes such as protection setting verification. SF6 Management EPRI Project 37. 108: Under this project, the following tasks will be conducted in 2014 to support the research: Information gathering through laboratory experiments including testing on live-filling strategies Evaluation of available and emerging SF6 leak detection technologies State-of-the-science understanding through studies and surveys Engagement in industry, academic, and regulatory groups to understand the issues Knowledge transfer through computer-based training and task forces Future year tasks will collect use cases from utilities to generate recommended practices as well as identify the potential gaps for improvement. The outcomes from both projects are shared during the annual EPRI Dissemination Event and by National Grid through the ENA website.
Abstract The Worldwide electricity industry recognises that there are parallel challenges within the field of electricity transmission which are more economically investigated and addressed through collaborative learning and knowledge generation among key industry stakeholders. The Electric Power Research Institution (EPRI), with its wide international membership, takes a key role in determining and delivering the most impactful R&D projects. This portfolio of work is focused on substations which address key aspects of National Grid’s Innovation Strategy. The EPRI substations program helps substation owners enhance safety, reliability, equipment life, and performance, as well as prioritize their asset investments and allocations of limited resources. It offers a portfolio of tools and technologies such as risk-based asset and fleet management decision support analytics and transformer monitoring. EPRI is a non-profit organization which facilitates a variety of research projects relating to substations within the electricity industry. These collaborative projects bring together scientists, engineers and academic experts in the industry to help assess recognised challenges within the field. EPRI’s approach in managing collaborative projects is beneficial to provide National Grid with valuable information, learning and knowledge which would be more expensive to formulate on an individual basis. On an annual basis we work with EPRI to select a portfolio of projects which is made available to all collaborators; this annual portfolio review includes an overview of the project’s research value, the approach and alignment of objectives with the needs of and priorities for the GB Electricity Transmission Network. Each project that is chosen for National Grid to join is reviewed and agreed through our governance processes with authority for sanctioning innovation projects within the Company. Of the 10 Substation put forward by EPRI members for the 2013/14 programme, National Grid has identified 2 of particular value to the GB Transmission system. EPRI Project 37. 103 - Protection and Control EPRI Project 37. 108 - SF6 Management The research applies EPRI-created knowledge of the fundamental aging and degradation process of materials, components and systems to define inspection and monitoring approaches, maintenance activities, and mitigation options. Research results will be transferred to members in reports, reference guides, easy-to-use operational and procedural guidelines, and workshops. Equipment aging assessment tools failure modes, degradation mechanisms and diagnostics Risk-based fleet management decision support analytics and methodologies Diagnostic effectiveness assessment Asset management and maintenance best-practices guidelines Reference books, guidelines, videos, field guides, and technology transfer workshops Industry-wide equipment performance databases Collaborative environments for sharing lessons learned and best practicesNote : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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