This project looked at alternative cut-out equipment used by network operators outside the UK and assess the suitability of these as a potential replacement for existing equipment.
The aims of the project was set out to decrease the risk of disruptive cut-out failures and associated risks. The timing of this project was significant because of the implications around the smart meter rollout and the fact that regular inspections by meter operators will no longer be taking place.
This project looked at alternative cut-out equipment used by network operators outside the UK and assess the suitability of these as a potential replacement for existing equipment. The aim was to build on previous projects in this area which showed that there may be some gaps in our knowledge of the wider implications of the smart meter roll-out . It attempted to achieve this by making comparisons between the new technologies against existing equipment used by GB DNOs under normal operating conditions, but also under any known failure modes.
The project also considered potential novel arrangements of the currently used cut-out assemblies, as well as practices followed by utilities outside the UK with the aim of finding possible solutions to identified problems.
Each Low Voltage (LV) customer is connected to the distribution network by fused cut-out equipment normally (but not always) located within the customer’s property or in a meter box. This cut-out equipment belongs to the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) and provides the interface between the DNO and the Meter Operator (MOP). The fuse fitted in the cut-out equipment provides a means of disconnecting the customer’s wiring in the event of a fault occurring on the wiring within the property.
The following learning were generated through the project:
All learning will be shared with all GB DNOs (four other DNO groups are partners in the project) in the form of reports and recommendations. The aim is to influence inspection related engineering recommendations and standards (such as the BS 7657), so learning will be shared with the industry from the revised standards.