High Voltage Test Systems For Electricity Network Research

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Abstract

The UK needs to reduce the amount of fossil fuels it uses for heating / transport to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide we emit into the atmosphere. Replacing fossil fuels will only be possible through the use of more electricity generated from low carbon sources (nuclear, wind, solar and marine). Estimates suggest the electricity transmission system may need to carry a peak power four times higher than is carried today. The power that flows through the transmission system will also become more intermittent as wind and solar power is dependent on variable weather conditions. We therefore need to develop a new generation of equipment that can be used to carry electricity from generator to customer. This equipment needs to be cost-effective and have a minimal impact on the environment (whether this be measured in terms of visual impact, noise, ability to recycle at end of life or a whole range of other factors).

The advances in disciplines such as material science mean there are many exciting opportunities to examine new ways to manufacture and operate transformers, overhead lines, cables and circuit breakers that will be used on the electrical transmission system. We need to have facilities that are capable of translating underpinning science at the scale of full size transmission system equipment. We need to ensure we can test objects measuring some metres in length with a maximum weight of thousands of kilograms. We need to apply over 400,000 volts continuously to this equipment and at times up to 1.6 million volts to simulate the impact of lightning. We can only do that using a specialist facility that includes a large space into which we can place equipment and the high voltage test sets. The test supplies must be capable of testing equipment when we spray water onto surfaces in a way that represents rainfall. It must operate 'quietly' and allow us to measure extremely small electromagnetic signals associated with failures in insulation systems.

Delivering this test facility will ensure we can help the efforts to decarbonise the UK energy system. The facility will allow the UK academic community to play a leading role in the global research community that is developing new insulation systems and the next generation of transmission system equipment. Working with the new full-size substation being developed by National Grid to test equipment for prolonged periods, we will attract industry to the UK and will support the efforts of smaller companies to convert their ideas into reality. Through the facility we will train the next generation of engineers who will support the efforts to develop a low carbon electricity system that is reliable and provides low cost energy to customers for many years to come.

Planned Impact

This proposal outlines an ambitious project to provide open and accessible High Voltage Test Facilities at the University of Manchester that complement other academic facilities (such as the Power Networks Demonstration Centre and the HV laboratories at Cardiff and Southampton) and add value to a range of industrial partners. The facilities build on current capability and capacity, and existing collaboration between a number of universities (particularly those working as part of Hubnet) to deliver high-value state-of-the-art equipment that enables the creation of a sustainable research facility.

The facilities requested in this bid will have an impact on a range of academic research related to the development of low-carbon energy systems. The facilities will directly impact a number of existing research grants and will support researchers from other disciplines such as material science in scaling-up / translating their research to the scale required for electricity transmission and distribution systems. The contribution to academic impact when working with other researchers is expected to result from the generation of new research opportunities and outputs when sharing research findings as well as opportunities resulting from our commitment to make the new facilities available to external researchers. The capital equipment will play a vital role in ensuring work in underpinning disciplines can be translated into the scale required for HV systems and ensures our researchers can maintain involvement in international networks of excellence such as CIGRE, IEC, IEEE and CIRED.

The research facilitated by the equipment will directly support efforts to decarbonise the global energy system through the development of advanced high voltage equipment. Within the UK, the research supported by the equipment will address the specific challenge of developing equipment that can better withstand changing load patterns while extending its life / reducing its costs. The equipment will deliver value to the manufacturers of electrical transmission system equipment by delivering opportunities to scale-up underpinning research associated with the use of advanced materials and through access to a high voltage facility supported by a range of other leading facilities for material test / characterisation. The academic researchers involved in this bid have well established contacts with industrial partners in the electricity supply industry.

Publications

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Iddrissu I (2021) Negative DC Breakdown Characteristics of C 3 F 7 CN / CO 2 Gas Mixture for Application in High Voltage Accelerators in IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation

 
Description The HV test systems that were planned for installation under this grant are now operable in the Ferranti Building at The University of Manchester. They have been widely used for a range of research projects (EPSRC, industrially funded and EU) and have also supported industrial test work. The HV test systems will be moved in 2020 to a new purpose built facility in the new Manchester Engineering Campus Development and we expect to report continued increases in related research income / papers as a result of these.
Exploitation Route The HV tests systems are being used to support the development of the next generation of power system equipment which will play a vital role in decarbonising our energy system. Already, the equipment has been used in research projects that look to eliminate SF6 gas from the power network and in investigations supporting an increased utilisation of overhead lines. The equipment will play a vital role in the operation of National Grid's Deeside test site (by providing a full nearby HV capability). Once the HV lab is moved to the new location in 2020 we will look to continue to broaden our impact and engagement with industry.
Sectors Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Other

 
Description The HV tests systems are being used to support the development of the next generation of power system equipment which will play a vital role in decarbonising our energy system. Already, the equipment has been used in research projects that look to eliminate SF6 gas from the power network and in investigations supporting an increased utilisation of overhead lines. The equipment will play a vital role in the operation of National Grid's Deeside test site (by providing a full nearby HV capability). Once the HV lab is moved to the new location in 2020 we will look to continue to broaden our impact and engagement with industry.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Other
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description (ARCTRACK) - Assessment of arc tracking hazards in high voltage aerospace systems
Amount € 842,293 (EUR)
Funding ID 864717 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2019 
End 03/2022
 
Description Alternatives to SF6 for Retro-filling Existing Equipment
Amount £445,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NIA_NGET0199 
Organisation National Grid UK 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2016 
End 10/2020
 
Description Automated identification of failures in HV substations
Amount £270,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NIA_NGTO006 
Organisation National Grid UK 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 01/2021
 
Description CSE Fault Analysis by 3D analysis
Amount £239,610 (GBP)
Organisation National Grid UK 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 08/2020
 
Description Demonstration and validation of two economic viable climate-friendly alternatives for SF6 FREE high-voltage applications
Amount € 3,010,000 (EUR)
Funding ID LIFE17CCM/BE/000113 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 06/2019 
End 01/2021
 
Description Industry Funding via International Institute
Amount $74,000 (USD)
Funding ID 10012528 
Organisation Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 07/2021 
End 12/2022
 
Description Industry Funding via International Institute
Amount $149,619 (USD)
Funding ID EPRI Agreement Number: 10011319 
Organisation Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 07/2019 
End 07/2021
 
Description Network Innovation Allowance
Amount £1,900,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NIA2_NGET0006 
Organisation National Grid UK 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2021 
End 11/2025
 
Description Strategic Innovation Fund
Amount £133,814 (GBP)
Organisation Ofgem Office of Gas and Electricity Markets 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2022 
End 04/2022
 
Description Strategic Innovation Fund - SCADENT - Super Conductor Applications for Dense Energy Transmission
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2022 
End 05/2022
 
Description Alternatives to SF6 for Retro-filling Existing Equipment (NIA_NGET0199) 
Organisation 3M
Department 3M UK & Ireland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The project is focused on developing a retrofit solution using an environmentally friendly sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) alternative in existing gas-insulated transmission equipment. So far, we have completed the IEC type tests of potential replacement candidates for SF6 using this demonstrator. The results strongly indicate the potential of adopting an environmentally friendly candidate as a retrofit solution in existing SF6 containing equipment in the transmission and distribution networks.
Collaborator Contribution National Grid has provided the research team with the gas insulated equipment rated for 420 kV which has resulted in the construction of a full-scale gas insulated line demonstrator at Manchester, equivalent to £100,000 equipment in-kind contribution. 3M as the gas manufacturer provided the research team with a wealth of experience associated with gas handling, gas safety, toxicity and material compatibility for new alternative gas candidates such as Novec 4710 and Novec 5110. To ensure the successful delivery of the project, 3M has provided the project partners with a heavily discounted purchase price for the alternative gases like Novec 4710 and Novec 5110. Both industrial partners participate in regular teleconference meetings for technical discussions. In addition, annual workshops are organised in Manchester to review the project progress in person.
Impact This work has resulted in a project funded by Ion Beam Applications, Belgium (£7,650 for 6-month, 2017-2018) to perform a feasibility study on replacing sulphur hexafluoride in industrial high-voltage accelerators, which has led to a £2.65M EU project awarded through the LIFE Programme: Climate Change Mitigation Call (LIFE17CCM/BE/000113) with The University of Manchester, Ion Beam Applications and GE Grid Solution as the main project partners. The work has produced a purpose-built leading gas research facility in the UK and this view is supported by external industry partners (Candice Nagel, Candice.Nagel@iba-group.com). My research has informed the decision on SF6 gas replacement for utilities such as National Grid. Key outputs include the first retrofit pilot of a C3F7CN/CO2 gas mixture in a 550 kV rated gas-insulated demonstrator that provides 98% reduction in carbon footprint when compared to SF6. This paper reporting the work was also nominated for the IEEE Power and Energy Society prize (https://site.ieee.org/tpwrd/pwrd-resource-site-papers-received-favorable-reviews/). My project with National Grid has led to a dedicated page on their electricity transmission innovation summary 2019-2020 (page 27 on https://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/electricity-transmission/document/134276/download) with encouraging quotes from their switchgear technical leader: 'we now believe we can demonstrate that a retro-fill operation is possible' and 'this work unlocks the potential to replace SF6 in many of our assets without having to replace the equipment completely'. My research has led to the world's first SF6-free retro-fill replacement in National Grid's Richborough substation, Kent. This pioneering retro-filled substation was energised in 2021, removing 6 tonnes of SF6 from service, equivalent to 141,000 tonnes of CO2 (https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/journey-to-net-zero-stories/project-replacing-sf6-greener-alternative-will-cut-emissions). These are strong evidence that the work on insulating gases will likely be able to form an impact case in the next REF.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Alternatives to SF6 for Retro-filling Existing Equipment (NIA_NGET0199) 
Organisation Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The project is focused on developing a retrofit solution using an environmentally friendly sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) alternative in existing gas-insulated transmission equipment. So far, we have completed the IEC type tests of potential replacement candidates for SF6 using this demonstrator. The results strongly indicate the potential of adopting an environmentally friendly candidate as a retrofit solution in existing SF6 containing equipment in the transmission and distribution networks.
Collaborator Contribution National Grid has provided the research team with the gas insulated equipment rated for 420 kV which has resulted in the construction of a full-scale gas insulated line demonstrator at Manchester, equivalent to £100,000 equipment in-kind contribution. 3M as the gas manufacturer provided the research team with a wealth of experience associated with gas handling, gas safety, toxicity and material compatibility for new alternative gas candidates such as Novec 4710 and Novec 5110. To ensure the successful delivery of the project, 3M has provided the project partners with a heavily discounted purchase price for the alternative gases like Novec 4710 and Novec 5110. Both industrial partners participate in regular teleconference meetings for technical discussions. In addition, annual workshops are organised in Manchester to review the project progress in person.
Impact This work has resulted in a project funded by Ion Beam Applications, Belgium (£7,650 for 6-month, 2017-2018) to perform a feasibility study on replacing sulphur hexafluoride in industrial high-voltage accelerators, which has led to a £2.65M EU project awarded through the LIFE Programme: Climate Change Mitigation Call (LIFE17CCM/BE/000113) with The University of Manchester, Ion Beam Applications and GE Grid Solution as the main project partners. The work has produced a purpose-built leading gas research facility in the UK and this view is supported by external industry partners (Candice Nagel, Candice.Nagel@iba-group.com). My research has informed the decision on SF6 gas replacement for utilities such as National Grid. Key outputs include the first retrofit pilot of a C3F7CN/CO2 gas mixture in a 550 kV rated gas-insulated demonstrator that provides 98% reduction in carbon footprint when compared to SF6. This paper reporting the work was also nominated for the IEEE Power and Energy Society prize (https://site.ieee.org/tpwrd/pwrd-resource-site-papers-received-favorable-reviews/). My project with National Grid has led to a dedicated page on their electricity transmission innovation summary 2019-2020 (page 27 on https://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/electricity-transmission/document/134276/download) with encouraging quotes from their switchgear technical leader: 'we now believe we can demonstrate that a retro-fill operation is possible' and 'this work unlocks the potential to replace SF6 in many of our assets without having to replace the equipment completely'. My research has led to the world's first SF6-free retro-fill replacement in National Grid's Richborough substation, Kent. This pioneering retro-filled substation was energised in 2021, removing 6 tonnes of SF6 from service, equivalent to 141,000 tonnes of CO2 (https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/journey-to-net-zero-stories/project-replacing-sf6-greener-alternative-will-cut-emissions). These are strong evidence that the work on insulating gases will likely be able to form an impact case in the next REF.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Alternatives to SF6 for Retro-filling Existing Equipment (NIA_NGET0199) 
Organisation High Voltage Partial Discharge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The project is focused on developing a retrofit solution using an environmentally friendly sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) alternative in existing gas-insulated transmission equipment. So far, we have completed the IEC type tests of potential replacement candidates for SF6 using this demonstrator. The results strongly indicate the potential of adopting an environmentally friendly candidate as a retrofit solution in existing SF6 containing equipment in the transmission and distribution networks.
Collaborator Contribution National Grid has provided the research team with the gas insulated equipment rated for 420 kV which has resulted in the construction of a full-scale gas insulated line demonstrator at Manchester, equivalent to £100,000 equipment in-kind contribution. 3M as the gas manufacturer provided the research team with a wealth of experience associated with gas handling, gas safety, toxicity and material compatibility for new alternative gas candidates such as Novec 4710 and Novec 5110. To ensure the successful delivery of the project, 3M has provided the project partners with a heavily discounted purchase price for the alternative gases like Novec 4710 and Novec 5110. Both industrial partners participate in regular teleconference meetings for technical discussions. In addition, annual workshops are organised in Manchester to review the project progress in person.
Impact This work has resulted in a project funded by Ion Beam Applications, Belgium (£7,650 for 6-month, 2017-2018) to perform a feasibility study on replacing sulphur hexafluoride in industrial high-voltage accelerators, which has led to a £2.65M EU project awarded through the LIFE Programme: Climate Change Mitigation Call (LIFE17CCM/BE/000113) with The University of Manchester, Ion Beam Applications and GE Grid Solution as the main project partners. The work has produced a purpose-built leading gas research facility in the UK and this view is supported by external industry partners (Candice Nagel, Candice.Nagel@iba-group.com). My research has informed the decision on SF6 gas replacement for utilities such as National Grid. Key outputs include the first retrofit pilot of a C3F7CN/CO2 gas mixture in a 550 kV rated gas-insulated demonstrator that provides 98% reduction in carbon footprint when compared to SF6. This paper reporting the work was also nominated for the IEEE Power and Energy Society prize (https://site.ieee.org/tpwrd/pwrd-resource-site-papers-received-favorable-reviews/). My project with National Grid has led to a dedicated page on their electricity transmission innovation summary 2019-2020 (page 27 on https://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/electricity-transmission/document/134276/download) with encouraging quotes from their switchgear technical leader: 'we now believe we can demonstrate that a retro-fill operation is possible' and 'this work unlocks the potential to replace SF6 in many of our assets without having to replace the equipment completely'. My research has led to the world's first SF6-free retro-fill replacement in National Grid's Richborough substation, Kent. This pioneering retro-filled substation was energised in 2021, removing 6 tonnes of SF6 from service, equivalent to 141,000 tonnes of CO2 (https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/journey-to-net-zero-stories/project-replacing-sf6-greener-alternative-will-cut-emissions). These are strong evidence that the work on insulating gases will likely be able to form an impact case in the next REF.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Alternatives to SF6 for Retro-filling Existing Equipment (NIA_NGET0199) 
Organisation National Grid UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The project is focused on developing a retrofit solution using an environmentally friendly sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) alternative in existing gas-insulated transmission equipment. So far, we have completed the IEC type tests of potential replacement candidates for SF6 using this demonstrator. The results strongly indicate the potential of adopting an environmentally friendly candidate as a retrofit solution in existing SF6 containing equipment in the transmission and distribution networks.
Collaborator Contribution National Grid has provided the research team with the gas insulated equipment rated for 420 kV which has resulted in the construction of a full-scale gas insulated line demonstrator at Manchester, equivalent to £100,000 equipment in-kind contribution. 3M as the gas manufacturer provided the research team with a wealth of experience associated with gas handling, gas safety, toxicity and material compatibility for new alternative gas candidates such as Novec 4710 and Novec 5110. To ensure the successful delivery of the project, 3M has provided the project partners with a heavily discounted purchase price for the alternative gases like Novec 4710 and Novec 5110. Both industrial partners participate in regular teleconference meetings for technical discussions. In addition, annual workshops are organised in Manchester to review the project progress in person.
Impact This work has resulted in a project funded by Ion Beam Applications, Belgium (£7,650 for 6-month, 2017-2018) to perform a feasibility study on replacing sulphur hexafluoride in industrial high-voltage accelerators, which has led to a £2.65M EU project awarded through the LIFE Programme: Climate Change Mitigation Call (LIFE17CCM/BE/000113) with The University of Manchester, Ion Beam Applications and GE Grid Solution as the main project partners. The work has produced a purpose-built leading gas research facility in the UK and this view is supported by external industry partners (Candice Nagel, Candice.Nagel@iba-group.com). My research has informed the decision on SF6 gas replacement for utilities such as National Grid. Key outputs include the first retrofit pilot of a C3F7CN/CO2 gas mixture in a 550 kV rated gas-insulated demonstrator that provides 98% reduction in carbon footprint when compared to SF6. This paper reporting the work was also nominated for the IEEE Power and Energy Society prize (https://site.ieee.org/tpwrd/pwrd-resource-site-papers-received-favorable-reviews/). My project with National Grid has led to a dedicated page on their electricity transmission innovation summary 2019-2020 (page 27 on https://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/electricity-transmission/document/134276/download) with encouraging quotes from their switchgear technical leader: 'we now believe we can demonstrate that a retro-fill operation is possible' and 'this work unlocks the potential to replace SF6 in many of our assets without having to replace the equipment completely'. My research has led to the world's first SF6-free retro-fill replacement in National Grid's Richborough substation, Kent. This pioneering retro-filled substation was energised in 2021, removing 6 tonnes of SF6 from service, equivalent to 141,000 tonnes of CO2 (https://www.nationalgrid.com/stories/journey-to-net-zero-stories/project-replacing-sf6-greener-alternative-will-cut-emissions). These are strong evidence that the work on insulating gases will likely be able to form an impact case in the next REF.
Start Year 2017
 
Description The Lab That Makes Lightning - Wired UK Video and Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The demonstration and interview were done as part of WIRED UK. The video highlights the specialist knowledge and capabilities within the high voltage lab. The video has over 7000 views, with audience from all over the world. There has been a general increase in interest, in regards to the electrical network, high voltage and future electricity from the video

Below is the feature text, attached to the video:

"The High Voltage Laboratory at the University of Manchester is one of the few places in the world that makes lightning.

It works to predict failures on the electrical grid and protect it from blackouts. To do so, Dr Vidyadhar Peesapati and his team test electrical equipment to its limit - sometimes striking it with up to millions of volts.

WIRED went inside the lab to learn more about the team's work, and see some lab-made lightning close-up."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.wired.co.uk/video/the-lab-that-makes-lightning-warning-contains-flashing-lights
 
Description Behind the Scenes: High Voltage Lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The University of Manchester is home to the largest High Voltage laboratory of any UK university - one of the few places in the world that can test equipment against lightning. This exclusive behind the scenes tour will explain what happens in the lab and demonstrate what a lightning strike looks like. This public engagement event opens the lab to Alumni of the University of Manchester, and allws them to see the changes and innovations the lab is being used for, and how we impact the electrical network infrastructure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Development of VR content for Outreach 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Vidyadhar Peesapati is involved in the development of virtual reality content, using the HV lab, for Outreach and Public Engagement events. The current project involves developing interactive virtual reality experiments, within the High Voltage Lab. The experience will allow students and public to experience what it is like to be in the high voltage lab, and use the equipment. It is currently being rolled out for public engagement events, with a wider roll-out to Schools within the Greater Manchester area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Drones vs Lightning - Youtube video 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact At the University of Manchester's High Voltage Laboratory, we see what happens when a DJI Phantom 3 drone gets hit with an electrical impulse of 1.4MV - basically, a lightning strike. Actually, two Phantom 3 drones.
The video was done to understand the impact of drones within high voltage environments. The video is one of its kind, and is still the only experimental evidence of lightning striking drones.
The video has over 940,00 views, making it the most viewed video of University of Manchester.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3iJjrQmEho
 
Description Engagement activities for LIFE 2017 Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The project has been funded under the LIFE Climate Change Mitigation programme that co-finances action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. LIFE_SF6-FREE project is a multi-disciplinary consortium led by Ion Beam Applications (IBA), GE Grid Solutions and the University of Manchester. A dedicated website was created to update the project progress and disseminate findings to the wider audience. This has led to further engagement activities with interested stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019,2020
URL http://new.event.iba.globulevs.com/
 
Description External MSc lecturing at The University of Tokyo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Invited to carry out MSc lecturing for the MSc course 'Frontier Engineering for Power Equipment' at The University of Tokyo (24th on the QS 2021) due to my SF6 replacement research. This is an ongoing commitment since Nov. 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
 
Description High Voltage Engineering Training Course - 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The new lab and equipment has been used as part of the HVET course run by the IET. The course attracts over 40 people form Industry and Academia. The high voltage AC test set and the Impulse generator are used, during this courses to teach about high voltage engineering and testing. The equipment in used to showcase the research areas and highlights of the equipment and how it is used in testing and condition monitoring of high voltage assets. OVer the two day course, attendees of the course interact with researchers and staff, who work with the high voltage equipment, in understanding challenges faces by the power systems industry. The course enables a wider audience to engage with the department and its expertise, and ther have been positive dicussions with members on the course, in regards to future prospectve collaborations, especially in the area of high voltage asset management and condition monitoring.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
URL https://twitter.com/IET_Journals/status/1045297669005086720
 
Description IET Energy Symposium 2018 - Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An event run alongside IET, that highlights the research outputs of the department. As part of this event, the high voltage lab opens its doors to IET members, to encourage new research areas, ideas and knowledge transfer. Around 45 IET members attended the event. This event attracted one of the established power systems and construction companies to visit the facilties with their apprentices, to understand high voltage engineering *(https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6509780176145051648).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/124/14/22184
 
Description Innovation project dissemination on SIL award via Ofgem 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I am supporting a Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) from Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). This project will investigate the feasibility of delivering a SF6-free Gas Insulated Line (GIL) solution to provide cost competitive, high-capacity transmission connections over 2000 MVA to increase available network capacity for new offshore wind generation at scale to homes and businesses across the UK. The project will look at the options to replace SF6 with alternative low carbon footprint gases as a viable means of GIL insulation.

Ofgem announced on 1 March 2022 the funding award for the feasibility study and I will investigate the technical feasibility of a SF6-free GIL solution in providing high-capacity transmission connections over long-distance.

Current generation of GIL are filled with sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential that is 23,500 times more harmful than CO2. The project will explore SF6 alternatives with significantly lower carbon footprint.

National Grid URL: https://www.nationalgrid.com/national-grid-granted-ps15m-ofgem-funding-innovation-projects-accelerate-progress-towards-net-0
National Grid Linkedin URL: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/national-grid_innovation-netzero-decarbonisation-activity-6904393391116029953-OJhi
The University of Manchester URL: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/university-of-manchester-supporting-national-grids-strategic-innovation-fund---sustainable-electrical-gas-insulated-lines/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/university-of-manchester-supporting-national-grids-strate...
 
Description Innovation project dissemination via IET Enterprise Partner News Edition, Issue no. 49, Winter 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Wider dissemination of the EPSRC IAA project with HVPD Ltd through the IET Enterprise Partner News Edition, Issue no. 49, Winter 2021, (page 25, https://flipbook.brandbits.com/a3569495bd/index.html).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://flipbook.brandbits.com/a3569495bd/index.html
 
Description Innovation project dissemination via National Grid electricity transmission innovation summary 2019-2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact My project with National Grid has led to a dedicated page on their electricity transmission innovation summary 2019-2020 (page 27 on https://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/electricity-transmission/document/134276/download) with encouraging quotes from their switchgear technical leader: 'we now believe we can demonstrate that a retro-fill operation is possible' and 'this work unlocks the potential to replace SF6 in many of our assets without having to replace the equipment completely'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/electricity-transmission/document/134276/download
 
Description Invited speaker for EuroDoble 2020 - Asset Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited speaker for EuroDoble 2020 - Asset Management, an event that targets presentations of great interest to the global power industry and the live event was attended by 180 industry delegates worldwide, 20/10/2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Manchester Science Festival - 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of outreach and public engagement drive, the High Voltage Labs were opened to public on the 20th of October 2019. The event highlighted the research and teaching activities around the high voltage equipment, and also demonstrated how the lab could simulate lightning strikes. The event was very succesfull, with over 120 people from the public visiting the facility. Members of the public were very surpirsed to know more about the electrical network and the need for sustainable and low carbon energies. The lightning demonstration also highlighted the physics behind the phenomenon, and also debunking myths of lightning. A large group of young audiences were inspired by the demonstration, increasing interested in engineering and science subjects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/event/lightning-strikes/
 
Description National Grid Electricity Transmission NIA_NGET0199 Project Dissemination Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This is a National Grid Electricity Transmission NIA project dissemination event on the subject of 'Alternatives to SF6 for retro-filling existing equipment' and summarising the findings of the project. Over 200 registrants recorded and the live event was attended by 120 participants on 18-Nov-2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alternatives-to-sf6-for-retro-filling-existing-equipment-tickets-1229...
 
Description Secretary of Cigré Working Group B3/A3.59 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I am the Secretary of Cigré (The International Council on Large Transmission Systems) Working Group B3/A3.59, which was formed to set guidelines and standards for SF6 end-of-life treatment in substations. The key task is to deliver a technical brochure to include recommendations of best practices for industrialists working with SF6 and its mixtures. The technical brochure and working group activities generally then lead to the development or revision of relevant international standard.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022