A Tool for Evaluating Overhead Line Performance Under Novel Technology Implementations
National Grid Electricity System Operator
National Grid TO Innovation Team
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High Voltage Technology
Re-use of existing overhead lines using novel conductors to
increase their thermal capacity was the subject of research by
utilities for many years. Traditionally, lines were uprated by using
higher ampacity standard size conductors without addressing the
full potential of the existing supports which necessitates the use of
bespoke conductor properties.
The proposed tool will build on the work carried out by the
University of Manchester in an EPSRC Supergen project. It will
enable utilities to explore the use of existing and new conductor
systems suitable for the type of support under consideration at
very early stages of the project.
Development of a computational tool to be used for the evaluation
of electrical and mechanical performance of novel conductor
systems on existing overhead line (OHL) networks by exploiting
the full capacity of the support system.