Mar 2013
Electricity Distribution
Substation Earth Integrity Monitoring System
IFI 1209
Mar 2013
SP Energy Networks
SP Energy Networks Innovation
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Innovation Funding Incentive
High Voltage Technology
The project will explore three separate work streams:

  • Use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology using RFID tags bonded to earth straps that are monitored (pinged) by a monitoring unit on site to detect their presence

  • To prove the concept of using Standing Wave Ratio (SWR) as used in radio/antenna optimisation to provide detection of real time earth tamper activity

  • Develop the Cresatech Copper Theft Sensor (CuTS) prototype unit for application at SPEN substations.
This aim of this project is to develop a system for monitoring the removal / theft of earth straps from Transmission and Distribution substations or other installations.