ASH Wireless Electronics, the Southampton based technology company, today announced that they will provide a retrofit substation temperature monitoring solution as part of the Celsius project which will prepare the North West network for renewable energy and safeguard costs for customers.
Ofgem announced the funding decision on 30th November 2015 with Electricity North West explaining that this is the first solution of its kind in Great Britain. Celsius will deliver a coordinated approach to managing the temperature of electrical assets in distribution substations. The project will release additional capacity, reduce longterm costs for customers and avoid early asset replacement.
A simple ‘Thermal Ratings Tool’ will accurately indicate an asset’s internal operating temperature using low cost external retrofit sensors. This knowledge will enable network operators to release the maximum capacity from existing assets without degrading their health and reliability. Celsius will show when and how to intervene to enhance that capacity by using a range of retrofit cooling techniques. The project will prove that these techniques are acceptable to customers and can be rolled out across Great Britain.
Steve Braithwaite, Managing Director at ASH, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting and innovative project which will build on our sensing systems expertise. It has the potential to benefit customers not only in the Electricity North West network, but in other networks across Great Britain, helping enable the adoption of Low Carbon Technologies such as plug in electric cars and heat pumps.”
If you would like to know more about the Celsius project, you can watch Electricity North West’s animated video below or read the bid submission document.
About ASH Wireless Electronics Ltd
ASH Wireless Electronics Ltd is a Southampton based creative electronics design consultancy that specialises in wireless electronics design, particularly in the field of remote sensing and lowpower communications. They work with clients at every stage from idea to finished product: from product development and software design right through to prototyping and production. Their awardwinning designs have been in sectors as diverse as aerospace and consumer electronics, have generated over ten patents, and have experience in scientific research, industrial and energy markets.
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