Feb 2014
Gas Distribution
Oscillating Energy Harvester (Phase 2)
Feb 2014
Feb 2016
Martin Chorley, Innovatino Project Manager
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Repair
Gas Distribution Networks
The scope of the project is to:

  • Design a prototype harvester to meet physical constraints

  • Design a mechanical housing

  • Build a prototype harvester

  • Construct a mechanical housing and flow test rig

  • Laboratory test an energy harvester system

  • Optimise the design of harvester

  • Design and assemble the electronic circuits to regulate power to the external battery power pack

  • Laboratory test a complete energy harvester with associated data logger equipment

  • Review the project outcomes and make recommendations for further development and field trials

  • Prepare project report.

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Develop proof of concept of a solution which is capable of powering pressure data loggers and profile control equipment.Develop working prototype and carry out off site laboratory testing.
  • Evaluate performance and explore the potential for further development and field trials in a live gas environment.
  • Provide relevant information to the other Network Licensees.
The success criteria for the project are to:

  • Identify the ability of the prototype energy harvester to produce sufficient reliable electrical power within a range of simulated operational gas pressure and flow conditions

  • Highlight the capabilities of the electronic interfacing circuits to regulate, control and store sufficient electrical energy to power data logger and profile control equipment

  • Produce and disseminate learning to the other Network Licensees.

In order to determine whether this project has been successful or not at various stages, the project must progress through a number of stage gate milestones. SGN’s Project Manager will evaluate the performance against the requirements before approving progress to the next stage.