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Reference Number NIA_NGET0184
Title Identify opportunities and developments in EMF Research (2016-2018)
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 2016
End Date 01 April 2019
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £185,000
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_NGET0184
Objectives The key objectives of the project are to: Maintain an up-to-date library of key EMF research through a research summary of all relevant scientific publications in the public domain. Develop an up-to-date awareness of evolving issues and findings relating to EMF from worldwide scientific sources to support communication with the general public. Develop and evaluate the current public perception relating to EMF Identify any new or evolving public concerns relating to EMF and feeding directly into the portfolio of EMF research projects currently being undertaken. Identify research opportunities to help validate EMF scientific analysis and findings written in released publications. The key success criteria of the project will include: An up to date archive of summarised reports of the all key published EMF publications. Identification of any EMF research that, from a GB perspective, require further work. Research of public opinion relating to EMFs through completion of the MORI poll. Analysis and evaluation of results from the MORI poll and investigate and address any perception risks identified.
Abstract There is ongoing scientific research and studies into possible health effects and exposure guidelines for Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs). These issues are discussed by scientific experts at conferences every year, and an extensive number of reports relating to Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF) are released into the public domain providing scientific evidence based on different experiments and test. National Grid recognises there is uncertainty in the scientific evidence relating to EMFs and therefore appreciates the necessity to undertake an enduring assessment and catalogue of all publications relating to EMF, and to engage in the evolving thinking among relevant experts to understand the latest developments and emerging issues relating to the subject. This ongoing research activity will enable National Grid to remain up to date with, and adopt sound evidence-based best practice in respect of EMFs, and assist in communicating with the general public and identifying areas of research that require further analysis and validation. A complementary strand of research is undertaken via assessment of public opinion to generate understanding of the general perception relating to EMF and to identify any emerging issues which stakeholders require to be addressed. It is cost-effective to subscribe to a commercial service to identify literature, publications, conferences, political developments, etc.., so that this work is shared between multiple utilities rather than National Grid trying to do it all itself. This is supplemented by attendance at key meetings and conferences and dialogue with selected experts; by facilitating a specific UK research coordination group through an independent Chair (Dr Ian Torrance); and by attendance at and engagement with the Scientific Advisory Committee of another relevant UK research body, the EMF Biological Research Trust. These collectively provide National Grid with up-to-date awareness and information which can be catalogued and used to respond to the general public when consulting on new infrastructure or via National Grid’s EMF helpline. Up to date knowledge of findings from EMF research from around the world enables National Grid to highlight and prioritise areas of EMF scientific research which require validation through replication of the conditions represented within the study. In addition the MORI poll investigates current public perception of EMF every two-to-three years through surveying approximately 2000 adults on the current health issues within the United Kingdom. National Grid work with Ipsos Mori to indicate the information needed to establish a genuine extent of awareness and concern without bias on the subject of Electric and Magnetic Fields. Provision for one such poll is included in the current project.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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