High-tech fault detection trialled on UK grid
Electricity distributor UK Power Networks has begun trialling new Distribution Fault Anticipation (DFA) technology as a way to spot network faults and resolve them before they interrupt people’s power supply.
The trial is a collaboration between UK Power Networks, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Lord Consulting in New Zealand, Nortech Management Limited and Energy Innovation Centre, funded by Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance.
Chino Atako, senior asset engineer at UK Power Networks, said to Electrical Contracting News: “The advantage of using these units is that we now have more eyes on the network to see things we wouldn’t normally be able to see – which could enable a quicker, cheaper, more proactive approach to fault location and repairs.
“Traditionally, repairs are carried out after a fault which has led to customers losing supplies, but such events are preceded by pre-fault events we cannot usually see. If we could identify these we can further increase the reliability and efficiency of our network and cut the cost of repairs.”