Following a successful testing and development programme, six of Arago’s 132kV revolutionary Insulating Cross-Arms (ICAs) have been fitted to electricity pylons on the Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission network near Aberdeen. ICAs enable electricity network operators to address transmission bottlenecks by increasing the power capacity of existing lines or by building new lines with smaller and less obtrusive towers. In both cases, the visual and environmental impact on areas of outstanding natural beauty and populated areas is reduced. Read More
David Gardner, Director of Transmission for Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc said: “This innovative technology has the potential to deliver a cost effective way of increasing the power carried on our transmission network. We have worked closely with Arago to help develop the technology to the stage it has reached today and we are delighted to see that Arago have received this recognition for this work”
Ian Welch, innovation manager for National Grid, said: “Innovation will be vital for energy network companies as we meet the challenges from the huge changes underway in how we generate our electricity. We have supported this project right from the early laboratory concept, so we are delighted to see it win the award.”
Robin MacLaren, designate chairman for Arago Technology Ltd said: “Winning the IET Award confirms that our innovative technology is world class and has the potential to deliver real solutions for society. We are very proud to have won this award and look forward to supporting the development of Transmission networks throughout the world to support the connection of new low carbon generation, and upgrade existing infrastructure.”
The Arago team, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Ltd. (SHETL), National Grid and NorPower have successfully installed and energized, since May ’12, two Arago High Voltage Insulated Cross-arms at a coastal test facility in the Scottish Highlands.
Installation of the first Insulated Cross-arms, manufactured using mass production processes represents a significant technical advance in the technology. Arago’s Insulated Cross-arms have been energised since May ’12 and will remain energised and heavily monitored, acting as part of an on-going test programme to validate the design and manufacture of the technology.
UMIP & Arago Commercial Manager Dr. Frank Allison said “The installation and continued testing is a landmark event for Arago and its partners and vindicates many hours of hard work and dedication by all members of the team. Since energisation, early results are very positive suggesting the design of the test facility is reliable and the Composite Cross Arms are performing as expected.”
Arago would like to thank the continued support of SHETL and National Grid.
Inventor Professor Simon Rowland, said “This facility is purpose built and heavily instrumented. In the coming months, the facility and local environment itself are being closely monitored with prototype cross-arms in place so that, when the final versions of the cross-arms are installed in March, their performance can be related to the natural variations in wind, rain and salt pollution from the sea.”
Since November 2010 Arago Technology Ltd. has had 4 Composite Cross Arms installed in an exposed Scottish Highland location. During this time the Composite Cross Arms have successfully withstood wind speeds of over 100mph as well as significant levels of snow. The monitoring systems, installed on the Composite Cross Arms, are providing invaluable data which is enabling Arago to understand the effects of the severe weather conditions.
Senior Mechanical Engineer, David Chambers, said “Based on the results coming out of our monitoring systems we are extremely pleased with the way the Composite Cross Arms are performing in such extreme weather conditions.”