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Reference Number NIA_NGET0201
Title Portable Earthing 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 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 November 2016
End Date 01 November 2017
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £210,000
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_NGET0201
Objectives The objective of this project is to design, manufacture and test a portable earthing device that removes the need to manually install portable earths in locations that are difficult to access. This project will be successful if a portable earthing device is developed that is fit for purpose and safe to use.
Abstract It is not always possible to use an earth switch when working on equipment as there is not always a suitable earth switch at the point of work. Where an earth switch is not available a portable earth is used. Portable earths are often difficult to install, they pose a significant manual handling risk and due to height of busbars a MEWP is often required to fit them. This project is to design, manufacture and test a new portable earthing device which is capable of installing and removing portable earths in a safe and controlled manner. Some previous work was done in this area from 2009-2011 which produced an initial prototype. This project will use the learning gained from the initial project but produce a prototype which addresses the design issues that were found with the previous prototype and look to develop a product that is cost effective to manufacture.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 17/09/18