Urban Heat Island Study (KTP)
Western Power Distribution
WPD Future Networks Team (01332 827446)
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According to the Governments UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, without a reduction in emissions, summer average temperatures in the West Midlands could increase by almost five degrees.
Within urban areas this increase is exasperated by the natural thermal storage effect of the infrastructure, which significantly reduces the diurnal cooling. At the same time the expected increase in air conditioning load will result in an increase network asset utilisation and this will be coincident with existing high demand. Transformers are particularly susceptible to external thermal conditions as their life expectancy is dependent upon their operating temperature.
Understand the impact of urban heat island effects on distribution network assets. In particular the increased ageing and reduced rating of transformers.