Overhead Line Robotic Technology
National Grid Electricity System Operator
National Grid TO Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
To assist with delivering our capital plan we are seeking to gain an
understanding of alternative methods of inspection and maintenance of our
overhead line assets. With system access being a major concern we wish to
gain an insight into possible technologies that can be deployed and operated on
We have already looked tentatively into this area, seeking out the world leaders
in this technology, which has led us to forming an association with IREQ, the
research institute of Hydro Quebec, Canada. They have developed and
deployed an overhead line inspection and maintenance Robot known as
Linescout. This project will develop the technology with respect to the GB network.
Investigate the possible solutions available for the deployment of robotic
technology on overhead lines to assist with asset condition and maintenance
activities. To trial world leading technology on our system to gain understanding
of compatibility and potential impact.