Mar 2013
Electricity Distribution
Surenet LV Sure
Mar 2013
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
SSEN Future Networks Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
LV & 11kV Networks
The LV Sure system comprises a source breaker, the Intelligent Fuse Unit (IFU); plus a number of mechanical isolating switches, or Intelligent Link Units (ILUs) installed at strategic positions along the Low Voltage (LV) circuit.

Isolation of the faulted section and restoration of supply to un faulted sections of the circuit is fully automated and does not require communication between the devices which comprise the LV Sure system.

When a fault occurs on the LV network the IFU disconnects supply to the entire circuit. The ILUs along the route sense no voltage, and automatically open, in effect sectioning the circuit. Both the IFU and the ILU incorporate sensing circuitry which tests for the presence of a fault on the electrical section downstream of each Unit. The IFU would commence the restoration process by testing downstream and if healthy would restore supply to the first section. Each ILU in turn would initially sense it has an incoming voltage, then test downstream and again, if healthy, restore supply. This would continue until the faulted section was reached when testing would inhibit the ILU from closure. Circuits with an alternative supply from a remote end could complete the restoration process until all sections had supply restored except the faulted section.

The development of LV Sure will take the Signal Sure concept of circuit restoration and consider whether it could be applied to low voltage distribution networks. The project will aim to:

  • Produce functional specification, detailed product development project plan & test plan for the LV Sure system

  • Production of a prototype LV Sure System and laboratory testing of the system

  • Installation and testing of a prototype, on a representative test circuit

  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the performance of the trial system against functional specification

  • Installation and demonstration of a number of prototypes on a selection of LV Networks.