15960 – Lower Dunton Flexible Generation 11 kV Substation

15960 – Lower Dunton Flexible Generation 11 kV Substation

Lower Dunton Flexible Generation 11 kV Substation

Case study 15960

Name of Client and Location: CONRAD ENERGY LTD
Lower Dunton Flexible Generation
Lower Dunton Road
Lower Dunton
RM14 3TD
Project Value: £318,896.65
Duration of the Project: December 2020 – April 2021
Services: Electrical BoP
Market Sector: Flexible Generation
Powersystems Fact: Powersystems your high voltage specialist partners have connected numerous flexible generators to the grid since 2000 and for a number of different cliental. This project is the third project undertaken tis year in what is a fairly new but exciting relationship being formed between Powersystems and Conrad Energy.

Lower Dunton Flexible Generation Substation & BoP

Powersystems high voltage (HV) electrical engineering was responsible for the design, installation, testing and commissioning of the electrical infrastructure associated with the construction of the 7.5 MW Flexible Generation Connection at Lower Dunton Flexible Generation site on Lower Dunton Road in Basildon Essex.

The plant was designed to provide flexible generation to the grid when the more conventional but unpredictable renewable energy source are unavailable. The principle of the development and its impact on environmental, social and economic factors was carefully assessed and given the go-ahead.

Lower Dunton Flexible Generation site is a 7.5 MW generation platform that will be available to export energy to the grid early April 2021. The site consists of three 2.5 MW generators powered by an MTU GS Engine supplied by VPower Ltd, which is capable of supplying electricity to the grid when called upon. As a trusted NERS accredited company with over 40 years’ experience, Powersystems were appointed to assume the responsibility for the installation of electrical infrastructure.

Project facts and figures

  • Number of generators: 3
  • Generator capacity: 2.5 MW
  • Total Installed capacity: 7.5 MW
  • Connection Voltage: 11 kV
  • Altitudes of site: 105 ft
  • Length of onsite 11 kV cabling: 0.15 km
  • Length of onsite 400 V cabling: 0.2 km
  • Length of onsite control & signal cabling: 1.0 km
  • Powersystems are a Lloyds registered (NERS) approved independent connection provider (ICP)

 

Powersystems partnerships

The site is located on Lower Dunton Road, Lower Dunton in Basildon and was constructed in partnership with ANTS Civil Engineering Ltd on behalf of the client, Conrad Energy Ltd.

The site connects onto the UK Power Networks (UKPN) 11 kV network. Powersystems have connected countless Flexible Generation and STOR projects to the grid over the years, this project being one of three projects undertaken this financial year for our client Conrad Energy, which is a young but exiting relationship being built. Our engineers have the much-needed experience of working with every Distribution Network Operator (DNO) across the UK on this type of project, helping customers connect this type of project up and down the country.

 

Flexible Generation development

As the UK energy production is changing by becoming greener and relying more on renewable energy to become net zero by 2050, flexible generation sites will help fill the gap when the more unpredictable wind and solar energy sources are unavailable.

The Flexible Generation technology works by utilising a fuel source to generate electricity, this project utilised a typically used fuel source in natural gas. The electricity produced by the Generators will be utilised by the grid in times of demand when renewable energy is unavailable.

 

Scope of works and major design considerations

The major items of electrical Infrastructure that Powersystems designed, supplied, installed, and commissioned were for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the 11 kV grid connection consisting of:

  • Design and construction of the 11 kV GRP substation
  • Installation of the five panel 11 kV Schneider Genie Evo Switch Board
  • Installation of the 500 kVA Auxiliary transformer
  • Installation of the 300 mm2 11 kV incomer circuit and 185mm2 11 kV Triplex generator and Auxiliary Transformer circuits
  • Earthing installation works
  • Installation of low voltage, control, signal and communications cabling works
  • Design installation of the LV infrastructure
  • Design and installation of the compound lighting and control panels
  • Carry out Fault level and protection co-ordination studies

 

Project timings

Construction of the Lower Dunton site initially began in December 2020. Unfortunately, this was during a critical stage of the UK lock down due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, but despite the necessary restrictions and with the right health and safety approach and procedures implemented, the project continued at a steady and efficient pace. Powersystems mobilised on site in December 2020 which involved preparing the ground for construction activity. Plant and material deliveries, with key dates such as Energisation and G99 Testing on 18 March 2021 and 7 April respectively.

 

What the client wanted

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, so the energy landscape is rapidly evolving. The UK’s power network requires smart solutions to keep the lights on.

Conrad Energy’s growing generation portfolio provides power to over a million homes within the UK when the more unpredictable wind and solar assets are unavailable, hence the need for the flexible generation sites

Conrad Energy are driven by positively impacting the climate change, they offer services to support the delivery of power solutions to commercial and industrial business including the national grid to help achieve the UK’s energy transition to net zero by 2050.Powersystems being an Independent Connection Provider (ICP) would be charged with becoming a conduit for the grid connection to allow these types of schemes become reality.

How Powersystems have helped

Powersystems were appointed as the Balance of Plant HV contractor for the project, involved with the design, installation and commissioning of the electrical infrastructure for the generation project. Powersystems aim was to provide a high-quality service throughout this project, Powersystems achieved this by setting out objectives such as ensuring technical correctness, ensuring the client was getting exactly what they asked for whilst adding cost-effectiveness and finally by adhering to the number one Powersystems moto of “Safety First”.

During the project there were a number of challenges that presented themselves and Powersystems engineers were at hand to provide full support to the client to help overcome any challenges through our excellent engineering knowledge and experience, which enabled the client to smoothly and successfully complete the project.

Powersystems worked closely with the project partners in order for the client to meet their deadlines that included arranged G99 testing. To achieve this, Powersystems engineers worked with the customer to prioritise the work tasks which resulted in the customer being able to generate power at the set target date to avoid costly penalties.

The list of responsibilities tasked to Powersystems can be summarised by the below;

  • Electrical design and studies
  • Interface with UKPN to co-ordinate any DNO requirements
  • Control Panel installation and commissioning
  • HV and LV infrastructure installation and commissioning
  • Cables & containment design, supply & installation
  • HV/LV testing
  • Senior Authorised Person (SAP) provision

Design works

Design work is a vitally import part of any Powersystems project, at this stage we ensure the project will meet the clients regulatory, economic and most importantly safety requirements. The design works included in this project are listed below;

  • Design of the GRP Substation.
  • Battery Charger Unit design.
  • Civil designs for the GRP Substation and Auxiliary transformer.
  • Design of the clients HV network.
  • Design of the LV network
  • HV/LV cable calculations and cable sizing appropriate to the project loads.
  • Fault level Study and full report.
  • Protection co-ordination and full report.
  • Control & signal cable – this included the design of all small power and equipment control wiring.

Installation works

Following the design stage, the installation work listed below was undertaken and completed;

  • Installation of earthing systems.
  • Installation of the GRP Substation
  • Installation of HV cables.
  • Installation of LV and control cables.
  • Installation of the 500 kVA Auxiliary transformer.
  • Installation of the five panel 11 kV Schneider Genie Evo SWB
  • Installation of the 110 V DC Battery charger unit.
  • Installation of the compound lighting including bespoke lighting contactor panel.
  • Installation of the oil tank control panels.

Commissioning works

  • Hot and Cold commissioning o f the 11 kV SWB.
  • Hot and Cold commissioning of the 500 kVA TX.
  • AC Pressure testing of newly installed HV cables.
  • Electrical Installation certificate completed on newly installed LV circuits.
  • Insulation Resistance testing of all control and signal cables.
  • Functional testing of all newly installed equipment.

Energisation works

  • Provision of an 11 kV SAP to take control of the client’s 11 kV Network
  • Provision of an 11 kV SAP to attend site to provide supervision and to undertake pre-energisation checks and issue safety documents to Powersystems operatives.

The results

The Lower Dunton BoP contract work was completed in line with the client programme against constricted timescales and within budget. This project is the first to be completed by Powersystems for our new client but hopefully not the last as we hope to build a strong and supporting partnership between Powersystems UK and Conrad Energy as we work towards our common goal of making the UK greener.

 

Environmental benefits

  • Due to the more conventional renewable sources of energy such as Wind and Solar being unpredictable the grid will still require other forms of generation to sustain a stable grid. Natural gas generation can provide this flexible generation and at a 50-60 percent less CO2 emissions when compared to the conventional coal or oil type generation.

Economic benefits

  • The Site will provide grid stability and help support the local grid providing energy to numerous homes in the area.

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14841 Sanquhar Wind Farm

14841 Sanquhar Wind Farm

Sanquhar Wind Farm

Case study 14841

Name of Client and Location: Client: Community Windpower
Civil Contractor: AMD and Roadbridge. Turbine Supplier: Vestas. Client’s Engineer: Natural Power
Location: Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
Project Value: £1 Million
Duration of the Project: Project Commencement: September 2016
Energisation off Generator / Load Bank system: December 2017
Energisation from Grid: March 2018
Project Completion: April 2018
Services: Electrical Balance of Plant (eBoP) for a Wind Farm
Market Sector: Wind Farm
Powersystems Fact: Powersystems your high voltage specialist partners – Since 2009 Powersystems team have connected over 200 MW of wind generation for Community Windpower at six wind farms.

Sanqhuar Wind Farm Project

Powersystems high voltage (HV) power engineering team were responsible for the design, installation, testing and commissioning of the electrical infrastructure to connect Sanquhar Wind Farm to Scottish Power’s 33kV transmission network.

The wind farm consists of 9 Vestas 3.6 MW turbines which generate a total of 32.4 MW of clean, green and locally sourced energy The wind farm is located on Black Hill approximately 7 km southwest of Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Powersystems have been highly immersed in connecting wind energy in this area of Dumfries and Galloway, having completed the electrical infrastructure for nearby wind farms, such as Blackcraig, Whiteside, Windy Standard II, and are currently engaged in constructing HV infrastructure for Windy Rig Wind Farm.

Sanquhar Wind Farm was financed in an economically strategic manner by selling the electricity directly to a large consumer, rather than selling it to retailers in the open market. The electricity is sold directly to Nestle, the world’s largest food and drink company, and the wind farm produces enough to power half of Nestle’s UK and Ireland factories, offices and warehouses, the equivalent electricity to power 30,000 homes. This is means that all of Nestle’s UK and Ireland operations are supplied from 100% renewable sources, and the wind farm gives them extra capacity to on sell back to the grid.

Project facts and figures

  • Number of wind turbines: 9
  • Wind turbine capacity: 3.6 MW
  • Total Installed capacity: 32.4 MW
  • Connection Voltage: 33 kV
  • Length of onsite 33 kV cabling: 28 km
  • Length of onsite fibre optic cabling: 9km
Sanquahr Wind Farm

Powersystems partnerships

Community Windpower partnered with a number of specialist contractors to construct the wind farm, including AMD and Roadbridge Civil Engineering to construct the wind farm tracks and turbine foundations, Natural Power to provide due diligence and engineering consultancy services, Vestas to supply the wind turbines, and Powersystems as the high voltage specialist electrical balance of plant contractor. Because Community Windpower and Powersystems have partnered with Vestas and Natural Power on many previous wind farm projects, this meant the teams were well engaged right from the project inception.

The wind farm point of connection was slightly unusual in that Scottish Power Transmission (SPT) were able to offer a 33 kV connection, which is a lower voltage that normally would be in the domain of Scottish Power Distribution. However, since a transmission connection was available in much shorter timescales than a distribution connection would have been, it made sense to opt for a connection with SPT. Powersystems, having previous experience of connecting wind farms to Scottish Power Transmissions’ 132 kV network, were very familiar with SPT’s rigorous connection standards and the Grid Code requirements. Consequently, Powersystems engineers were able to quickly design the HV infrastructure and protection and control systems to provide a National Grid transmission standard connection at the atypical voltage of 33kV.

Powersystems engineers worked closely with Community Windpower and Vestas to produce the required compliance documentation known as the UDFS which demonstrates to National Grid that the wind farm has the ability to meet the stringent Grid Code standards with respect to reactive power, voltage control, fault-ride through, and frequency response that are all required for a transmission-connected site.

Sanquahr Wind Farm

Scope of works and major design considerations

One of the major design challenges was a crossing a 150m deep valley which swept right through the middle of the site separating half of the turbines from the main substation. The civil contractor did an exceptional job designing and constructing a winding wind farm track to cross the valley and slowly climb back up the other side with wide enough bends to allow turbine blades to be transported. Unfortunately this meant that if that 33kV cables also followed this track it would have added an additional 10km of cabling.

Community Windpower asked if instead of following the wind farm tracks we could install cables directly across the valley, that is, without tracks, 150m down and 700m across a 25˚ incline! When they first suggested this we were taken aback by the size of the challenge that the terrain offered but, engineers from Powersystems and our civil partner Roadbridge rose to the challenge. Roadbridge came up with a safe method to install cable ducting down a 25˚incline with no hard surface for their excavators to stand on, and Powersystems designed and installed suitable cable anchor points along the crossing to ensure the cables would not slide down the ducts, as the incline was so steep the cables would have slid away without supports presenting a serious health and safety risk. The cables were successfully installed in May 2017 using a mechanically driven cable drum trailer by a highly experienced Powersystems engineer.

By finding a way install the 33kV cables “off-piste”, Powersystems were able to save Community Windpower over 10km of cabling, as well as significantly reduce the electrical infrastructure losses by shortening the cable lengths.

The major items of electrical plant that Powersystems designed, supplied, installed, and commissioned were:

  • 3-panel 33 kV switchboard
  • 50 kVA auxiliary transformer
  • 50 kVA auxiliary generator
  • Substation SCADA system
  • 33 kV and fibre optic cables to 9 wind turbines
  • Substation and wind turbine earth system installation and testing
  • Scottish Power Transmission interface protection
  • All necessary substation building fit-out works comprising lighting and small power with intruder, CCTV and fire alarm systems
Sanquahr Wind Farm

What the client wanted

Another major project challenge was the delay to the Scottish Power Transmission 132 kV overhead line works which prevented the grid from being energised on time. This meant that the 9 Vestas wind turbines that were being erected in August 2017 had no means of generating and were prevented from carrying out reliability testing, a key test requirement before the turbines are handed over to the client. Community Windpower was facing a five month delay in getting their turbines commissioned and operational.

How Powersystems have helped

To overcome the lack of grid, Powersystems engaged Aggreko generators whom we had previously worked with at Aikengall II Wind Farm to provide a generator and load bank system to act as a temporary grid which the turbines could generate on to.

Powersystems connected the wind farm to Aggreko’s temporary generator system and energised the site in December 2017, allowing crucial reliability testing to take place five months before the grid became available in March of 2018. Powersystems also designed and installed temporary metering to prove to the regulator that the wind farm was fully-commissioned and operational prior to the grid being available.

Sanquahr Wind Farm

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15809 Beavertown Brewery

15809 Beavertown Brewery

Beavertown Brewery Project

Case study 15809

Name of Client and Location: HWM Building Services on behalf of the client Beavertown Brewery
Project Value: £100k
Duration of the Project: 9 weeks
Services: New HV supply, transformer and LV supply. Generator box cables
Market Sector: Industrial and Commercial (Brewing)
Powersystems Fact:  

Beavertown Brewery

The story of North London’s Tottenham- based Beavertown Brewery – In London, the idea that things are cyclical shows itself to be true, maybe more so than anywhere else. And such is the case with their brewing culture, as well. The UK–birthplace of the IPA–is witnessing a beer renaissance. A renaissance that had quietly been taking cues from fellow scenes, simmering on the back burner and just waiting to boil over. Where pale ales were once considered traditional styles, and room temperature ESBs were king–now American-influenced, juicy, experimental recipes are being pushed.

At the heart of this growth is North London’s Tottenham- based Beavertown Brewery. In the brewery’s first three years in business, they moved spaces four times. But with all of this movement growth, the idea to start ‘Beavertown’ really began nearly 20 years ago, while Founder, Logan Plant was playing in bands touring the likes of the US, Europe and New Zealand. His interest in beer began as a child following his frontman father [Yes, ‘Plant’, as in that Plant], around pubs in the hills of West Midlands, England. The community aspect of the pub is what drew him, and at the source of those pubs: this mysterious thing called ‘beer.’

Fast forward a few years, and Logan was at a crossroads. Choosing beer over music, he went on to form the UK’s fastest growing brewery.

In June 2018, it was announced that Heineken N.V. would be buying a minority stake, so that Beavertown could spend £40 million on a new brewery and visitor site. The new brewery will have a capacity of 450,000 hectolitre, a ten-fold increase in their previous capacity, and will create 150 jobs in London.

It’s been a busy time for the North London company. 2018 saw the Beavertown Brewery strike a deal with Tottenham Hotspur to open a microbrewery and taproom at the club’s new stadium – which was, they said, a ‘Premier League first’. Heineken is Tottenham’s official beer partner.

Project facts and figures:

  • A 2000 KVA cast resin transformer provides nearly 3000A to the site
  • A 2 tier ladder rack system 900mm wide was designed to carry the 34 x 500mm2 LV cables
  • The 2 tier ladder rack system was 3m above ground floor level to allow a pedestrian walkway underneath it
  • Both sets of LV cabling comprised of 17 x 500mm2 single core cables having 4 cables per phase with 4 cables for the neutral and a single earth cable
  • Powersystems are a Lloyds registered (NERS) approved independent connection provider (ICP), who in addition carry out private wire infrastructure project works

Powersystems Partnerships

The electrical work was undertaken in partnership with HWM Building Services on behalf of the client, Beavertown Brewery.

Beavertown Brewery scope of work and major design considerations:

The main scope of works was to install a 2000kva HV/LV transformer with close coupled HV circuit breaker and LV connection box.

Firstly the clients engineers required the ability for the incoming High Voltage (HV) electrical supply to be isolated and earthed on the client private 11 kV electrical system. This avoided the need to bring the local District Network Operator (DNO) onsite to isolate and earth the DNO 11 kV, metering circuit breaker for isolation purposes. This benefit gives the client greater flexibility to Isolate and earth their 11 kV incoming supply and place this under the client control, as opposed to the DNO.

Powersystems met these criteria by providing an 11 kV isolator switch, by doing so offering all the isolation and earthing capabilities required without the added costs an 11 kV circuit breaker would have incurred. The disconnector was factory close coupled and fitted by the transformer manufacturer. Allowing the transformer to be delivered as a composite unit.

How Powersystems helped:

As leading experts in HV design and installation, the LV circuit design was carried out by our in-house design team.

Design considerations included; the rating of power cables when factoring de-rating of circuit cables. As well as providing an installation allowing for pedestrian access by installing on a high- level cable bridge support, separating circuits for both the main feeder circuit and generator cables, and to design a restricted earth fault protection (REF) scheme for the protection of extended LV circuits in the event of an earth fault within the protected zone.

The results:

Powersystems were delighted to meet the critical milestones of this project enabling the client to increase the power supply to ultimately upscale the Beavertown brewery business. The work was completed on time and to budget ready for the first production of beer due for March 2020.

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15655 Millbrook Proving Ground

15655 Millbrook Proving Ground

Millbrook Proving Ground

Case study 15655

Name of Client and Location: Millbrook Proving Ground
Project Value: £380K
Duration of the Project: 12 weeks
Services: Private High Voltage (HV) Infrastructure For Battery Test Facility & Powertrain 5 Substation
Market Sector: Vehicle Testing (Renewable Energy)
Powersystems Fact:  

Millbrook Proving Ground

As a high voltage (HV) engineering contractor Powersystems were chosen as the preferred partner to assume the responsibilities of designing, procuring, installing and commissioning the HV electrical infrastructure for the new Battery Testing and Powertrain facilities at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedford.

Officially opening in early September 2019, the battery testing facility will be the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom.

During the works, the existing 11kV network was extended to incorporate the two new test facilities and Powersystems engineers worked hard to ensure that their presence on site did not interrupt Millbrook’s everyday business operations. Engineers re-routed the electrical supply to the various other test centres at Millbrook allowing works to be carried out safely and without the need for any outages.

Further to this, engineers also carried out directional drilling works below the high speed test track – all whilst vehicles were still being tested.

Thanks to Powersystems, Millbrook Proving Ground now have the HV infrastructure in place to support their new test facilities as well as a robust and reliable electrical network throughout their site. The facility also complements Millbrook’s expansion into the USA, where they will support future electric vehicle development.

 

Millbrook Proving Ground Project Facts and Figures:

  • Length of onsite 11 kV cabling: 1.0 km
  • Powersystems are a Lloyds registered (NERS) approved independent connection provider (ICP), who in addition carry out private wire infrastructure project works
Millbrook Proving Ground

Millbrook Proving Ground Battery Facility:

Millbrook Proving Ground has a range of test facilities for full vehicles, tyres and components and attracts clients who are leaders in automotive and defence industries.

Powersystems’ delivery of the new battery test and powertrain facilities has upgraded the site ready for the future of automotive development. These new additions will complement what is already at Millbrook Proving Ground which comprises of the following:

  • A wide range of outdoor and indoor test tracks totalling over 70km in distance
  • Engine dynamometers to measure engine torque, speed, and used to calculate instantaneous power
  • Environmental chambers where vehicles are exposed to the most extreme temperature conditions found across the globe
  • e-motor and e-axle test cells to support electric car development
  • Portable emissions measurement systems (PEMS).
  • Structural test laboratories which provides validation testing of systems and components such as vehicle body and vehicle chassis systems.
  • Crash laboratories (including a state-of-the-art ServoSled) where vehicles are tested to meet Euro NCAP, European, US and other worldwide safety standards.
  • Interior systems laboratories

Millbrook Proving Ground Is A Convenient Test Site

Located in central Bedfordshire, Millbrook Proving Ground is a geographically convenient test site for customers all over the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond. Millbrook is a one-stop shop for the development of electric vehicles and propulsion systems. Millbrook also operates sites in Leyland, UK and Michigan, USA, which specialise in e-motor and inverter testing

Investment In Facilities

Significant investment in facilities has been made for testing advanced low emission vehicle technology. Its battery and propulsion systems test capabilities help bring new hybrid and battery electric vehicle powertrain technologies to market sooner. It has now installed 12 battery test cells, which will be expanded over time at Millbrook Proving Ground, each able to test automotive battery packs up to 1100V, 1400A, 750kW over a temperature range of -40°C to +90°C. These will be controlled via Millbrook Revolutionary Engineering’s automation system, REPS.

Millbrook Focus on Safety, Performance and Durability

Millbrook focuses on the safety, performance, durability and understanding of battery technology. It is able to replicate battery abuse scenarios and cycles to push a battery to its limits, helping developers to understand, anticipate and eliminate failure modes. Battery abuse tests include mechanical and thermal shock, over discharge, over charge, vibration, radiant heat, dust ingress, fire resistance, corrosion and mechanical crush, meeting a range of UN38.3 and Reg100 requirements.

Examples of battery tests at Millbrook include studying the effects of slow and rapid charge / discharge rate on battery life; how batteries perform in different environmental conditions or at altitude; and replicating electrical, mechanical and thermal duty cycle profiles.

New Facility Opens

On the 4 -5 September 2019 Millbrook’s Battery Test Facility will be officially opened as the UK’s latest, and biggest, private investment in independent battery testing. The facility complements Millbrook’s expansion into California, USA, to support electric vehicle development

The facility has been delivering battery durability programmes throughout its commissioning, providing crucial data for battery development. The laboratory consists of 12 battery cycling climatic chambers and supporting infrastructure.

Millbrook has a range of facilities in the UK to support the automotive and transport sectors in testing and developing advanced propulsion technologies, connected and autonomous vehicle systems, and intelligent transport solutions.

The Battery Test Facility complements their battery safety and abuse test offering and assists in positioning the UK as a world leader in shaping the future of mobility and clean growth.

Scope of works:

The main scope of works undertaken by Powersystems at Millbrook was the following:

  • Provide design engineers to design the network extension to suit the prospective load demands required by the new facilities
  • Carry out protection studies to ensure that the extension of the existing network would integrate well with the overall electrical protection of the existing site
  • Conduct earthing studies to aid the design of a safe earth grid
  • Installation of 1km of new 11kV cabling , a section of which was installed via directional drills under various car test tracks and roads
  • Install 3 no. new 11/0.4kV transformers
  • Install 3 no. new Ring Main Units
  • Procure bespoke new substation GRP housing on site
  • Install additional earthing material to support the updated network
  • Supply Senior Authorised Person (SAP) to carry out HV switching operations during the works
  • Supply Commissioning Engineer to carry out the final testing and commissioning of the network
  • Provide cable jointing team to carry out HV cable joints and terminations
Scope of work involved

How Powersystems helped:

As leading experts in HV design and installation, Powersystems were delighted to bring value engineering expertise to Millbrook’s Battery Test Facility, which when officially opens will be the UK’s biggest, independent battery testing. The facility complements Millbrook’s expansion into the USA, to support electric vehicle development.

Powersystems mobilised the appropriate resources and successfully delivered the project against constricted timescales. As well as co-ordinated with the incumbent civil contractor to provide transformer bunds, cable trenches and directional drill under the high-speed test track.

Liaison with Millbrook Estates staff at all times to ensure that the HV supply network to all Millbrook premises was undisturbed during the works.

The results:

The work was completed on time and to budget ready for the official opening in September 2019

Environmental Benefits

  • The project supports the acceleration in a sustainable shift to lower carbon, cleaner vehicles and fuels and will ultimately create opportunities for UK business.
  • A move towards net zero targets
  • Continued development of vehicle charging technology infrastructures

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