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A product to extend the life of energy transmission and distribution transformers by total management of insulation systems

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 513137

  • Start date

    1 November 2005

  • End date

    31 July 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 578 878

  • EU contribution

    € 817 798

Coordinated by:

KELMAN LIMITED

United Kingdom

Objective

High voltage power transformers have a life of ~40 years. The majority of transformers in the power distribution network in Europe were installed in the 1960's and 70's. These transformers are reaching the end of their life. Deregulation of the power industry, while benefiting consumers, has led to power companies becoming profit driven. Competition has led to lower energy prices, which have led to reduce capital investment. The lack of money available has resulted in reduced maintenance activities, which have resulted in the recently witnessed increases in occurrences of power blackouts in Europe and North America.

There is a quantifiable need to extend the life and improve the reliability of existing high voltage transformer networks thereby satisfying the European directive for ensuring the security of power supply, the desire for power utilities to maximise the financial return on their assets and improving the quality of life for society. Our solution will provide high voltage transformer operators with an innovative product to manage transformer oil/insulation monitoring and treatment, which is the most influential factor in extending the life of transformers.

This proposal represents an opportunity for a large community of SME's across Europe to benefit from the deregulated European power industry by providing a fully featured innovative product currently unavailable in a 1200 million European marketplace. This industry has traditionally been dominated by large enterprises but by adapting a range of technologies from complementary SME sectors we believe we have the partnership strength and capability, that with the assistance from specialist research and development providers through Framework 6, we can provide an innovative solution to transformer insulation management at an attractive cost to the power distribution companies. We will generate an extra 72 million in revenue creating 666 jobs and providing technology transfer to the wider SME community.

Coordinator

KELMAN LIMITED

Address

Lissue Industrial Estate East, Lissue Road
Lisburn, Northern Ireland

United Kingdom

Participants (11)

G.R.A.S SOUND & VIBRATION A/S

Denmark

BARCELONA SEMICONDUCORS SL

Spain

ELECTRICIDAD INDUSTRIAL SALVIO BUSQUETS SA

Spain

MINERWA UMWELTTECHNIK GMBH

Austria

OPTILAN UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI

Poland

ESBI ENGINEERING & FACILITY MANAGEMENT LIMITED

Ireland

PERA INNOVATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

Germany

SEMELAB PLC

United Kingdom

PANTREON GMBH

Austria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 513137

  • Start date

    1 November 2005

  • End date

    31 July 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 578 878

  • EU contribution

    € 817 798

Coordinated by:

KELMAN LIMITED

United Kingdom

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