Apr 2013
Electricity Transmission
Smart Assest Management - Condition Monitoring of Circuit Breakers
Apr 2013
National Grid Electricity System Operator
National Grid TO Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Asset Management
Existing Circuit Breaker (CB) monitoring already installed is not delivering its potential benefit or a clear strategy for meeting the increasing demands of asset managing circuit breakers.
This R&D project is in-line with National Grid’s policy for condition monitoring and will provide input to the condition monitoring strategy.

The monitoring kit will be beneficial for reactive maintenance. It could potentially help to carry out planned maintenance in a cost beneficial, risk managed and outage controlled manner. It should also raise confidence in new technology. Monitoring applied at appropriate times gives engineers more knowledge and information of the asset and enables longer lead times and clear assessment of management decisions. Using data currently held, as well as new data, it will allow enhanced performance and maximum efficiency. In effect it’s the drive towards a cost effective, optimum timing device to enable National Grid to move towards condition/risk base maintenance.