Apr 2013
Electricity Transmission
Electric Field / Microshock mitigation
Apr 2013
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 received.

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 complainant’s agreement.

This project will be managed independently of the overarching EMF research and development scheme, however will remain mindful of the synergies that may exist.