Mar 2013
Electricity Distribution
Power Networks Research Academy
Mar 2013
UK Power Networks
UKPN Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
High Voltage Technology
The projects of most interest to UK Power Networks are:

  • Overhead lines measurement system

  • Application of artificial immune system algorithm to distribution networks

  • Protection issues of inverter-interfaced Distributed Generation (DG)

  • Chemical approaches towards intelligent insulation

  • Electrical network fault level measurement for distributed generation and other applications

  • Reactive power dispatch using distributed generation

  • Influence of oil contamination on the electrical performance of power transformers

  • Alternatives to Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) as an insulation medium for distribution equipment

  • Solid state devices for electrical power distribution

  • Low Voltage (LV) cable monitoring using domestic smart meters (not reported last year)

  • State estimation for active distribution network (not reported last year)

  • Protection of future power systems encompassing DG, converter interfaces and energy storage (not reported last year)

Further projects related to the transmission network are also being carried out.

The Power Networks Research Academy (PNRA) has been established through a strategic partnership agreement between the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), electricity transmission and distribution companies, and related manufacturers and consultants. The Academy funds and supports PhD researchers in power industry related projects and helps maintain and improve the research and teaching capacity in power engineering subjects.