Feb 2015
Electricity Distribution
Fault Sense
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Feb 2015
Mar 2018
Electricity North West Limited
Electricity North West Innovation Team
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LCN Fund Tier 1
None
Network Monitoring
£4,000,000.00
Electricity North West is committed to improving customer service for all their customers.

This project focuses on customer service and aims to improve the speed of restoration of supply, particularly under storm conditions.

By developing novel fault location sensors and exploring the current capabilities of the existing market offerings in fault location technologies, this project will be able to improve the quality of supply for customers who experience weather related outages and greatly reduce the time taken to restore supplies.

This project aims to develop preferred methods for the installation of distance to fault systems including both equipment at the primary substation and distributed devices such as sensors on overhead lines etc. This will include an assessment of the optimal location of the sensors and a comparison of the performance of the different technologies against the different network types. The results of these trials will be used to inform specification and engineering policy.

The benefits of this project is a more targeted response to faults which leads to a reduction in customer minutes lost.