Smart Assest Management - Condition Monitoring of Circuit Breakers
National Grid Electricity System Operator
National Grid TO Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
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.