New technology is being tested to measure and manage fault levels on the UK network in real time as well as enable the addition of more renewable energy and battery storage units.
SP Energy Networks - which owns and manages overhead and underground powerlines in Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, North Shropshire and Central and Southern Scotland – is trialling the Real Time Fault Level Monitors in substations across Chester, Liverpool and Warrington.
The network operator says a 20-second reading could remove the need for expensive and time-consuming switchgear replacement in substations, which becomes necessary when the fault level is exceeded.
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