Electric Field / Microshock mitigation
National Grid Electricity System Operator
National Grid TO Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Health and Safety
The main driver for this project is that severe and painful microshocks are
being experienced by a grantor and members of the public at an aerodrome
on the Hoo Peninsular near the Isle of Grain where microlight aircraft taxi
under the 4TK20 - 21 Grain – Kingsnorth 400kV overhead line from the
hangar / workshop to reach the runway. Aircraft on the taxiway are either
being pushed with resulting shocks to the arms and hands or under power
resulting in shocks to the thighs and hands of the pilot. The grantor is still
allowing access however access may become more difficult if microshocks
cannot be mitigated and there is potential for a wayleave challenge.
The key objective of the project is to produce an effective mitigation for
severe and painful microshocks being suffered by a grantor and members of
the general public. The project will look at a range of effective microshock
mitigation measures for the location where a microshock complaint has been
The team will carry out a feasibility exercise to assess options and develop
costings (Part A). Subsequently the team intend to develop, construct and
trial an installation at the complainant’s property (Part B) subject to the
This project will be managed independently of the overarching EMF research and development
scheme, however will remain mindful of the synergies that may exist.