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Electrical Tester Magazine - Issue 003 2021

ET Mag Issue 1 V01 web 1

  • Virtual testing of protection relays is real!
  • Testing high speed DC circuit breakers
  • Electrical hot spot inspection and preventative maintenance
  • Insulation drying and oil processing of in-service transformers
  • VLF testing on motors and generators
  • IEC 60255 1xx: Protection relay functional standards for all
  • Insulation assessment of motors through partial discharge testing and analysis
  • Surge and lightning arresters
  • Diagnostic testing of bushings
  • Understanding generator restricted earth fault (REF) protection and testing
  • Motor inrush current
  • The importance of IEC 61850 in relation to the smart grid

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New CoroCAM8 Corona Camera video

Video: CoroCAM 8UAV Inspection at Qirion, NL

A fascinating flashback to a flying visit in the Netherlands with the CoroCAM 8UAV combined UV, visible and thermal camera mounted in a Gremsy T3 gimbal, lofted by an Aerialtronic’s Altura Zenith drone. The point inspection luckily did not show any major issues, unlike the example image included in the video, which shows a corona discharge co-locating with a hotspot.

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A Paradigm Shift in Underground Cable Asset Management

To Achieve Better Lifecycle Management and Reliability

Richard Kingsford
Asset Planning and Engineering Manager, WEL Networks

Vikram Sen
Maintenance Engineer (Strategy), WEL Networks

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EEA2021 web v3

Reproduced by kind permission from Electricity Engineers’ Association (EEA)

Presentation delivered at EEA 2021 Annual Conference

A Short, but Representative, ‘Perspective Piece’ on Industry Uptake of ‘Near 50 Hz’ PD Testing Internationally

Cable Diagnostics Paper pt2 1


When assessing what might at first appear to be a “new technology” in the power industry, it is reasonable of any client to seek a degree of evidence of its established provenance offshore and in the application to which it is intended to be applied in the ‘local’ context.

When that ‘new technology’ is in fact well established offshore but new to the local market, one must consider the question as to what would constitute a suitable level of information to inform, address, and allay in reasonable fashion any uncertainties or questions as to the suitability of the technology for the intended application and also the quality of its said provenance. Clearly, no technology will ever hold 100% of the market or technical opinion but it would be a fair observation that evidence of widespread uptake over a longer term, coupled with a selection of technical papers that all concur on the technical quality and advantages of the technology over alternative or conventionally-deployed solutions, should be deemed to be a tipping point to allow that technology’s confident and optimistic deployment locally.

The purpose of this paper is to convey the background, deployment level, international uptake, and technical evidence enough to allow one to embrace with confidence the ‘near 50Hz’ partial discharge cable diagnostic testing technology applied to both new and in-service condition assessment of one’s 11-33 kV cable population.

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The missing link in motor condition monitoring

Author - Mike Herring, Baker

Energy costs are a major part of the operating expenditure for any plant or facility, and in almost every case, electric motors are among the largest consumers of energy. Properly implemented monitoring of motor performance, which will help to improve reliability and extend the life of motors, is therefore an excellent investment, as it will reduce overall operating costs. 

To be truly effective, condition monitoring must include not only tests like vibration analysis, oil analysis and thermography, which mainly detect mechanical problems, but also a structured testing regime for electrical faults. All too often, other than the basic tests, electrical testing is deemed unnecessary. This is unfortunate, as studies have shown time and again that after bearing failure, electrical winding faults are the most common mode of motor failure. A structured electrical testing regime is, therefore, not simply an optional extra – it’s a vital requirement for achieving plant reliability.

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Electrical Tester Magazine - Issue 001 2019

ET Mag Issue 1 V01 web 1

  • Integration of EVs with the electric grid
  • Geek Challenge 2
  • Motor insulation test voltages
  • Lesser-known facts about TTR testing that are affecting your results
  • DC testing of vacuum integrity in MV switchgear
  • Monitoring TT low-voltage distribution systems
  • Professional development
  • A kit for earth testing

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HV Cable Diagnostics …a Reality at Last!

Cable Diagnostics Paper 1

…AVO NZ proudly delivers this long-sought capability

HV Cable Assets constitute in many EDB’s and private networks one of the largest asset groups by replacement value. In some of the larger EDB’s this may represent as much as $1.5 to $2 billion. Alarmingly, and at odds with almost all other asset classes managed by such networks, almost nothing is known about the asset condition of each individual cable. Effective HV cable asset management is seriously fraught by this situation. With the parallel scenario of above-ground infrastructure management challenges now painfully troubling the Industry, the risks posed by not knowing the condition of HV cable assets is now a very pressing problem, given the age profile of such assets and the uncertain dynamic of asset aging modelling.

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