ENWL002 - Distribution Asset Thermal Modelling
One of the key challenges facing distribution network operators (DNOs) today is the expected increase in the uptake of low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles and heat pumps.
The increased load on the network will result in distribution assets becoming 'thermally overloaded' due to higher operating temperatures. In addition to the issue of increased load, we have limited understanding of the behaviour and performance of distribution assets and their potential to accept increased load.
This project delivered a model which provides greater understanding of the thermal behaviour of distribution assets. This model can be used by DNOs to maximise the lifetime of these assets by applying new understanding to network design, maintenance and asset management procedures.
Timescales: July 2015 – October 2016.