UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched a £6.4mn blueprint for using technologies to deliver reliable power.
On 7 October, Current News set out how this includes a portfolio of 11 projects that will explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI), new technologies and new equipment for operational engineers. The aim of these trials is to help the DNO to either predict power cuts before they happen or allow for them to fix them faster by providing engineers with as much information as possible.
Projects to be trialled include the installation of 16 “fault anticipation” devices which can detect electrical disturbances in overhead lines and underground cables in real time at seven electricity substations in Suffolk, Sussex and Kent. Software built together with the British Geological Survey and Met Office, measuring a number of factors such as rainfall, cable density and soil characteristics to create a heat map, will also be trialled. This would allow UKPN to predict where faults could arise a few days in the future.
Elsewhere, UKPN will test fault passage indicators, allowing engineers to identify where an electrical circuit is damaged or obstructed 80% faster, along with a smart data algorithm in the MILES project. Software will use a series of sensors to detect fault locations within a few metres, with the trial set to run until 2023.