Resilience and Investment Model
Electricity North West Limited
Electricity North West Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
LV & 11kV Networks
Overhead line investment has historically been carried out on parts of the network
that have a high fault rate. This has led to the identified section of network being
replaced or refurbished to the current code of practice no matter what environment
the line resides in. It is believed that a method to assess the performance of the
overhead line against different weather patterns or storm events that it may
encounter will allow better planning. A proven method of assessing the effects of
more onerous weather conditions (including wind and ice-loading) would insure
against any changes in local climate that may occur in the future.
The aim of this project was to develop a software application that could better utilise
specific geographic data to predict planning needs. The tool would be primarily used
to model the effects of specific extreme weather events on the OHL network to test its
resilience and to identify potential reinforcement requirements.