Power line monitoring for increased resilience

One key factor in the ongoing Green Transition is the increased demand for timely and uninterrupted flow of electrical energy. This regards usage such as charging of electrical vehicles or electrification of industries, as well as production using solar cells and wind power. Unfortunately, the regional power networks of the sparsely populated areas of Interreg Aurora are often not set to handle the large transmission requirements stemming from for example high power chargers or solar and wind power generation.

With the long-term goal to mitigate this limitation and increase the resilience of the municipalities in the area the project will be run as a pre-study on the possibilities to use measurement and monitoring systems to facilitate the development of Dynamic Grid Systems (DGS) to increase the capacity on regional power networks. If the power line can be monitored in real-time, the actual use of capacity can be judged and effects from external factors such as wind and outside temperature, which both affect the temperature and thus the capacity of the power line, can be taken into account.

The objective of the pre-study is to gain knowledge, gather a consortium, and formulate a following full scale project, wherein implementation as well as development and research on technologies for power line monitoring will be performed. Key questions that will be investigated in the pre-study are:

- What is the current need for increased regional power network capacity?

- What solutions for monitoring exist today that would be possible to implement in a measurement scenario?

- What open technical and system level research and development questions can be identified in relation to the needs and technologies identified above?

- Who are potential partners in a full-scale project, and what would their contributions be?

These learnings will be a foundation in the formulation of a following full-scale project to be applied for in 2025.