Cambridge, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — April 24, 2012 – Funding to develop a new variant of the GridKey sensor, which was created to help network operators more effectively monitor utilization on the LV network, has been secured by Sentec and SELEX Galileo through the Technology Strategy Board’s recent Smart Power, Distribution and Demand competition.
The new sensor, nicknamed ‘Slimsensor’, is intended for use in the most challenging locations in substations, which are frequently very inaccessible and crowded.
“There are over 500,000 LV substations in the U.K., of which only a small percentage are currently monitored,” commented Mark England, CEO of Sentec. “The funding will allow us to develop a slimmer sensor, allowing access to more challenging locations, which will unlock a complete LV substation monitoring solution.”
The solution will also be retrofittable with minimum disruption to the network.
Development work will start shortly and the project will complete in April 2013.
GridKey is already being shipped to a number of U.K. distribution operators for trials and the new sensor range should increase its appeal for this market and the rest of Europe, which is a potential opportunity estimated at nearly $400 million.