New cable project secures UK grant to cut power loss during transmission

17 January 2018 (Last Updated January 17th, 2018 12:12)

A new project supported by Eland Cables has secured a £1m Innovate UK grant. 

A new project supported by Eland Cables has secured a £1m Innovate UK grant.

The project aims to use Enertechnos’ new capacitive transfer system (CTS) technology to cut costs and reduce carbon emissions in the UK’s transmission, distribution and renewable generation sectors.

The long linear capacitor cable technology is designed to reduce power loss for economic and environmental benefits.

Eland Cables director Jean-Sébastien Pelland said: “While we’re constantly asked to think more about energy efficiency in our homes and businesses, there’s also a huge amount of energy lost before it even reaches us. The commercial and environmental gains of a more efficient transmission and distribution (T&D) system are staggering.”

“The commercial and environmental gains of a more efficient transmission and distribution (T&D) system are staggering.”

Power loss during T&D is currently estimated to be around 27TWh, the equivalent of around 7.6% of the total power generated and costs £1.1bn annually.

Jean-Sébastien added: “We look forward to helping Enertechnos make its revolutionary new cable a commercial reality and playing our part in creating a cleaner, leaner UK power transmission sector.”

Eland Cables’ medium-voltage (MV) cable engineers and ISO17025 United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) cable test laboratory are working on the development and production of prototypes, blending the CTS technology with existing manufacturing processes.

Once the prototype phase is completed, the company will then commission a full manufacturing run.

The project is also supported by a consortium of partners, including Brunel University’s Institute of Energy Futures and the Welding Institute (TWI).

In addition, The Institute of Energy Futures will contribute by developing a software simulation programme to test CTS on a virtual grid to demonstrate the energy savings across extended cable runs.

TWI will offer materials handling, jointing and other practical installation assistance.