Apr 2013
Electricity Distribution
FuseRestore (Now the Bidoyng Smart Fuse)
Apr 2013
Electricity North West Limited
Electricity North West Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
High Voltage Technology
As with High Voltage (HV) feeders Low Voltage (LV) feeders have rogue circuits which result in repeated faults even after a fault has been repaired therefore it is proposed to develop a device that can automatically replace a fuse that has operated. The FuseRestore would be able to hold two fuses, one in circuit and the second to restore customers after 30 seconds should the first fuse operate. The units would have communication via GPRS to the iHost platform via the Kelvatek server in N Ireland and would be able to record any events where it has been caused to operate. This would allow for regular scheduling via the LV fault Management system for fuse replacement during normal working hours. It is envisaged that the FuseRestore could be fitted to any LV Feeder Pillar at any location.
This project is aiming to develop a novel method of automatically restoring supplies following the operation of a fuse on an LV Feeder Pillar.

The project has the following objectives:

  • Develop three FuseRestore devices as proof of concept

  • Carry out extensive testing

  • Develop prototype units

  • Trial on the network.