Apr 2013
Electricity Distribution
Pole Leakage Detection Device (Phase 1-3)
IFI 0705
Apr 2013
SP Energy Networks
SP Energy Networks Innovation
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Innovation Funding Incentive
LV & 11kV Networks
Identification of damaged / cracked insulators from ground level before they develop into a fault. Development of a tool for assessing safety risks associated with wooden poles and the assessment of safety risk associated with low pole leakage through measurement
The project aims to develop a small, insulated, hand-held unit that will detect earth leakage current, and either flag a traffic light and / or an audible alarm. It is envisaged that line patrollers will use such a device as both a safety measure and to identify potential issues e.g. cracked insulators, before they develop into faults.