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H-SB013.1-005
Quick Disconnect Cables for Utility Power Distribution Systems

HSHQDC-13-C-00033 HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-005-0007-I
(HSHQDC-13-R-00009 Phase I)
Quick Disconnect System for Power Distribution Hardening and Resiliency

Streamline Automation, LLC
3100 Fresh Way SW
Huntsville, AL 35805-6720

05/01/2013
to
10/31/2013
$99,735.58

Recent data shows that reported natural disasters have nearly ten-folded over the past century. Aside from the threat to human lives, they pose a great threat to America's infrastructure and power grid. Nearly 90% of all power interruption occurs at the distribution level and over 75% of these are weather related. The proposed Phase I effort aims to combat these unavoidable threats by developing a quick disconnect system for utility power distribution cables. The main goal of the innovation is to allow the power cable and support structure to become disengaged safely by adhering to all applicable OSHA, ANSI, IEEE and environmental standards; reliably by implementing both automated disengagement, triggered by detection of critical loads, and mechanical disengagement, resulting from critical loads applied to the cable/support structure; all without causing damage to the cables/support structures. The proposed solution shall create no interference with normal operation by utilizing self-power generation, low maintenance requirements, and an architecture that can be retrofitted to current cable/support structure designs. In the event that restoration is necessary, the proposed solution will be able to be reconfigured with no special tools allowing restoration efforts to be as quick and efficient as possible. The Phase I efforts seeks to show the feasibility of the proposed Quick Disconnect System which possesses a high TRL because the Phase I design can be developed using nearly all OTS hardware and electronics. Phase II seeks to refine, optimize and finalize its design as an immediate means of increasing distribution network resiliency.

H-SB013.1-005
Quick Disconnect Cables for Utility Power Distribution Systems

HSHQDC-13-C-00032 HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-005-0009-I
(HSHQDC-13-R-00009 Phase I)
Intelligent In-Line Power Disconnect System

Integrated Solutions For Systems
4970 Corporate Drive
Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35805-6230

05/01/2013
to
10/31/2013
$99,917.59

This proposal is for an intelligent, in-line, power disconnect system (I2P) which is directly applicable to existing power line infrastructure. It requires no interruption in utility service for installation. The proposed connection would be coupled with strain sensing gauges and an array of sensors to facilitate gathering of real-time usage statistics, and assist in determining locations of downed utility lines. We intend to study several types of disconnection method and appraise each on its merits, and from the analysis select the most appropriate disengagement and reattachment method from cost, reliability, complexity, and overall savings. Our proposed electronics suite will monitor live loading conditions, and implement OTAR encryption to prevent sensitive data loss. At current no system has been fielded that gracefully degrades under catastrophic loading conditions. However, components of such a system are in widespread usage; hence, its Technology Readiness Level (TRL) prior to Phase I is appraised at 2.