Apr 2013
Electricity Distribution
Line Tracker Trial
Apr 2013
Electricity North West Limited
Electricity North West Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
High Voltage Technology
The Line Tracker is a fault and load monitor device that attached to the Overhead Line (OHL) and monitors current, line and ambient temperature that is downloaded by wireless radio link to the control room or office via GSM.

The project aimed to trial a device that can provide load and temperature data from the OHL network. The data is collected remotely and received in the network control room to assist with network management.

The aim is to trial the Line Tracker on the OHL network to enable real load data to be monitored in areas where there is currently little visibility of the load at any point in time. The Line Tracker is one of a number of devices commercially available for this purpose but this particular device was selected based on a specific criteria, the aim of the project is not to test the device but more to collect and process data that can be used for a range of purposes including reinforcement assessment, HV unbalance, operation and grading of overhead protection devices, assessment of the operation of HV voltage stabilisers and intermittent, transient and permanent faults There is real interest in the effect of wind cooling on OHL ratings to develop dynamic rating capabilities but the basic requirement is to be able to observe the load and ambient parameters at any instant in time.