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Pylon device could double capacity of UK power networks

UK-developed technology that can be fitted to existing electricity pylons could dramatically increase the capacity of transmission networks without the need for expensive rebuild programmes.

Jointly developed by engineers at Manchester University of and EPL Composite Solutions, and manufactured by Manchester spin-out firm Arago, the device, a form of insulated cross-arm,  addresses some of the fundamental design limitations of the traditional pylon.

Prof Simon Rowland, who has led the work at Manchester’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and is a director of Arago, told The Engineer that the device could enable operators to increase the power carrying capability of their powerlines by  up to 2.5 times.
Read more: http://www.theengineer.co.uk/news/pylon-device-could-double-capacity-of-uk-power-networks/1015340.article#ixzz2IyxwTnMM

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January 25, 2013

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