Deeside Innovation Centre is spread across 19 acres and includes a substation, overhead line, underground cable sections, workshops, storage space and an innovation centre. Each of these areas can operate independently or can be combined with other areas to suit any testing requirements.
Overhead lines and cables: Our overhead lines and cable testing facilities comprise a full scale, 200m span between two lattice towers, a bespoke low level test facility for conductors and insulators and a section of underground cable. This enables insulators and conductors to be trialled in a live environment before being used on the network. You can also trial thermal imaging, built-in surveillance, and robotic monitoring.
Civil infrastructure: Deeside has a range of structures and foundations commonly found within substations, allowing the equipment under test to be mounted on realistic structures. Mechanical and electrical ageing tests can provide detail on asset life and how to optimise their design.
Protection and control: The control rooms provide oversight of the facility. Power can be routed where required, allowing multiple tests to run across the site at the same time. If needed, the entire site can be used as a combined test facility. Relay settings, fault conditions, communication protocols and new equipment testing can all be performed in a real substation environment.
Switchgear: Switchgear enables the circuits in the grid to be safely isolated, either for planned work or unplanned system faults, while maintaining the customer supply. At Deeside you can test new switchgear technology and better operational procedures before they are used on the live grid.
Transformers: Your new transformer designs, bushings and terminations, oil types and cooling systems can all be tested. The onsite safety equipment ensures testing can be performed, without damaging the surrounding environment. Condition monitoring techniques can also be verified in order to ensure transformers can be effectively maintained and monitored and kept healthier for longer.
Offices and workshops: Work continues to take place onsite to ensure that the projects at Deeside run smoothly. Office spaces allow access to the National Grid information services, providing a working environment for project engineers and a place to analyse the outputs of the innovation programs.
Gas insulated switchgear and lines: Our facilities enable new equipment types to be tested in the substation environment. Alternatives to Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6), an insulating gas, can be tested and retro fill techniques can be practiced in a safe environment, with no risk to consumer supply.
Want to find out how your project could be tested at our Innovation Centre?