Feb 2013
Electricity Distribution
Distribution Network Visibility
Feb 2013
UK Power Networks
UKPN Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Comms & IT
The project proposes to develop a solution that will allow UK Power Networks to evaluate the benefits that can be derived from improved utilisation of existing data sources, better visualisation of this data and enhanced monitoring of the distribution network where Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) installation is not plausible, using optical current sensors.

The demonstration will be carried out in the LPN area as the population of RTUs is much greater than in the EPN and SPN areas.

To develop an innovative monitoring solution:

  • Increase data collection, upgrade operational data store (data warehouse Pi), develop visualisations, and improve interaction between business systems
  • Demonstrate the benefits of an improved visibility of power flows

  • Maximise utilisation of the distribution network

  • Accommodate higher levels of distributed generation

  • Better understand network behaviour, load profiles, power factor and imbalances

  • Ability to automatically detect asset defect (e.g. tap changers) Evaluate a range of non invasive optical fibre based sensors

  • Directional power flows, current, voltage, fault current measurement

  • Application to sites with no RTU (LPN, EPN and SPN areas), monitoring of complex networks.