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Metrycom has been selected by UKPN and WPD to supply its advanced MetrySense-5000 smart-grid sensors for trials

Metrycom Communications Ltd has announced it has been selected by Distribution Network Operators UK Power Networks (UKPN) and Western Power Distribution (WPD) to supply its state-of-the-art MetrySense 5000 Smart-Grid Sensors for trials on part of the companies’ 33kV and 11kV overhead lines starting in June 2020.

The innovative sensors provide faster and more accurate fault location information to the electricity networks’ control engineers, helping to get the power back on more quickly and safely in the unlikely event a fault should occur.

Metrycom’s Smart-Grid Sensors are induction powered from power lines, using currents as low as 3 Amps. The sensors use both cellular and mesh-radio connections to communicate a range of power quality and fault information, which is analysed by Metrycom’s advanced analytic software MetryView, to determine the location of faults on electricity networks significantly faster than using traditional methods.

In order to provide rapid fault location to UK Power Networks and WPD’s network control room, Metrycom’s MetryView software will be connected to both companies’ individual Network Management Systems. Metrycom will be working closely together with both UK Power Networks and WPD to deliver this integration.

UK Power Networks is the country’s biggest electricity distributor, making sure the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England. Western Power Distribution operates in the Midlands, the South West of England and South Wales, serving 7.9m customers. Learn more here.

Network operators aren’t the same as energy suppliers; network operators manage local power lines and substations, while energy suppliers sell the electricity that runs through the power lines.

Find out more by visiting UK Power Networks Innovation page.