A Fast Detection and Localization Approach to Monitoring Cables in Underground Power Distribution Network

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85997
Agency Tracking Number: 94870
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 57 b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000161
Small Business Information
Signal Processing, Inc.
13619 Valley Oak Circle, Rockville, MD, 20850
DUNS: 620282256
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Chiman Kwan
 (301) 315-2322
Business Contact
 Chiman Kwan
Title: Dr.
Phone: (301) 315-2322
Email: chiman.kwan@signalpro.net
Research Institution
Short-circuit and arcing faults commonly occur in underground power networks. Short-circuit normally occur at distribution feeders. Consolidated Edison of New York (Con Edison) experiences more than 1600 failures on its distribution feeders each year. Arcing faults also occur frequently in power cables. Con Edison experiences more than 1000 arcing faults on its secondary distribution system each year. We propose an integrated approach to detect and localize short-circuit and arcing faults in underground power networks. The proposed framework consists of hardware and software. Voltage and current sensors are needed. The software has noise filtering and fault detection and localization algorithms. Our framework is modular in nature and each module can be independently modified and updated. In Phase 1, laboratory demonstrations will be performed. In Phase 2, we will build real-time prototype and evaluate its performance in a underground power network. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The technology can be used in power network fault diagnostics, including underground networks. The research results of this project will lay down a solid foundation for future commercialization effort with the above applications. Our team has strong tie with Con Edison. We anticipate this market will be at least 50 million dollars over the next decade

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