Arago Technology wins prestigious award for performance improvement.
Arago Technology, a company spun out of The University of Manchester by its IP commercialisation company, UMIP, was awarded the Existing Performance Improvement prize at the Energy Innovation Awards ceremony.
The technology is based on research by professors Ian Cotton and Simon Rowland from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,.
The company was also highly-commended for the big prize, the Energy Innovation Grand Prix, at the awards evening at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester on Thursday night (17th June).
Collecting the awards, Simon Rowland said: “We are a new company, these are our first awards and we are really delighted that the community can see what we are trying to achieve to enable greater power transmission through existing overhead line infrastructure.”
Arago Technology was incorporated in early 2010 following several years of joint research and development by EPL Composites Solutions and a team from the National Grid High Voltage Labs at The University of Manchester.
The majority of their current research and development is focused on creating an electrically insulating transmission tower Cross-Arm. This Composite Cross-Arm is suitable for retrofit to existing transmission towers or as an option for new line build. This technology is not limited to a specific tower size and can be adapted to suit any tower.
For the up-rating of existing lines, the Composite Cross-Arm allows tower voltages to be increased without any change to the overall tower structure or height. The increase in voltage will usually require a change in the conductor (the wire carried by the towers).
Significant improvements in power transfer capability can be achieved through the combination of the Composite Cross-Arm with the use of a low sag novel conductor to increase current.
Arago Technology focus on the development of new, ground-breaking technology but also work with potential clients and partners to identify how technology can best meet their needs.