Mar 2013
Electricity Distribution
Supply Point Monitoring
Mar 2013
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
SSEN Future Networks Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Network Monitoring
Development of a replacement fuse carrier for installation in existing cut out equipment which maintains the existing electrical protection (HRC fuse) and incorporates additional functionality including measurement and alarms with remote access / reading capability. The device will provide a range of customer / network information associated with individual supply points (typically similar to the functionality of a smart meter) with a rating of 100A.

The project covers the development of a small number of pre-production prototype supply point monitoring devices to suit two existing service termination configurations. In addition to these units the project scope also covers the delivery of software necessary to communicate with the devices and any integration components / activities.

The monitoring devices are designed to be installed retrospectively within existing DNO owned equipment located within the customers premises.

The supplier mandated roll out of smart meters will commence in significant volume in September 2014, the target date for completion of the programme being December 2019. Supply point monitoring devices will enable network operators to collect similar information prior to smart meters being installed principally for research and development purposes. It is expected that a number of supply point monitoring devices will be deployed within the new SSEPD Thames Valley Vision LCNF tier two project.

Whilst every effort will be made to fit a smart meter in every home it is possible that a significant numbers of properties will not have smart meters installed. This device will enable network operators to collect information where it is deemed necessary for network operation and management purposes.

The device will have future uses for determining the accuracy of existing unmetered connections.