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Arc Aid

Network operators
  • Western Power Distribution
  • Eastern Power Networks
Funding mechanismNetwork Innovation Allowance (NIA)
DurationFeb 2020 - Nov 2021
Estimated expenditure£446K
Research areaSafety, Health and Environment
  • August 2021

    This month work has seen the continuation of the DNP3 comms link testing and configuration. Some minor settings changes are needed before the integration wit…


The project aims to:

  • Trial the Metrysense 5000 fault indicator
  • Demonstrate how this unit can be utilised to improve the fault location in case of ASC earthing configurations, therefore helping to keep Peterson coils network arrangements commissioned safely
  • Analyse how reliable, robust and cost effective the new protection/monitoring system is
  • Demonstrate how operational costs and CMLs can be reduced on trial feeders if the technology is successful
  • Assess the safety improvement following the deployment of the units


Table for ASC arrangements could help DNOs locate and resolve a fault faster than a full line patrol, reducing operational costs and improving safety, ultimately providing a better service to our customers.


This project will trial a new type of fault indicator (Metrysense 5000) which will help locate faults in a shorter time compared to a full line patrol, therefore reducing operational costs, the number of customers off supply and Customer Minutes Lost (CMLs). This will also decrease the time a live conductor could potentially be on the ground, and therefore will reduce the risk to members of the public.

Metrysense 5000 is a fault indicator suitable for the arc suppression coil network arrangement, which can offer detailed information to a DNO’s control centre on the fault location. This has been used successfully in other countries for similar network configurations but at higher voltage levels. This technology has never been tested in the United Kingdom.

Metrysense 5000 will send real time data once integrated into UK Power Networks’ and WPD’s SCADA system. As part of the project, the fault indicator will be tested first at the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) in a simulated network environment. If the testing is successful, it will

be followed by training of operational staff, integration into the SCADA system, equipment installation and commissioning across five 11kV feeders in EPN and 10 33kV feeders from a Bulk Supply Point (BSP) in the South West.