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Reference Number NIA_NGET0164
Title Evaluation of a Novel Variant of ACCC HTLS Conductor
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 May 2015
End Date 01 May 2016
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £500,000
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_NGET0164
Objectives The objective of this project is to develop the necessary confidence in the installation and operation of a conductor technology untrialled in the UK, in order to enable it’s installation on the Transmission Network. If successful, the trial will diversify the range of HTLS conductor technologies available in the market and increase competition by providing an option that considers HTLS conductor cost, reliability, noise and Transmission loss factors. 1. Full evaluation of the mechanical operational performance of the conductor. 2. Successful development of an installation methodology for the novel alloy technology that allows for future type registration and installation on the Great Britain Electricity Transmission Network.
Abstract The resources required to build new Transmission lines, in addition to the time and effort required to obtain new rights of way, make the construction of new power lines costly. One method to improve the provision of contingencies at a reduced cost is to develop conductors with improved current carrying capacity, lower line loss, lower sag tension whilst maintaining its reliability and ease of installation. One technology that has come to the market consists in a new alloy with lower resistivity values allowing for the doubling of the capacity on an existing route as well as potentially reducing losses. This technology has been trialled in France, but on a smaller conductor system that has a different configuration that isn’t compatible with the Great Britain Electricity Transmission Network. Specific installation techniques therefore need to be developed and tested, and the conductor’s mechanical operation and performance needs to be evaluated under controlled conditions in an environment that will not impact network performance or safety. 1. Purchase the conductor and fittings for a trial installation at the National Grid Eakring test facility. 2. Develop installation techniques and monitor mechanical performance. 3. Provide installation experience within a controlled environment. 4. Evaluate the practical application and installation of the conductor on the GB Transmission Network. 5. Produce a final report.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 14/08/18