Electricity theft from the electricity distribution network has always been a problem. Theft is committed by abstracting (diverting) electricity prior to any metering supply point, an activity which is highly dangerous and illegal. In addition, the abstracted electricity is not accounted for and therefore unpaid for. The network operators have previously used anti-tampering warning devices between the cut-out and the meter, in order to prevent re-wiring attempts to bypass the meter; this has had limited success in preventing potential offenders from tampering with the supply, resulting in little protection for the DNOs from theft.
This call for innovation is looking for alternative solutions that will fully prevent tampering with the cut-out or its connected cables. The location of the device should ideally be below the cut-out and it should also protect the tails going into the bottom of the cut-out.
The desired output from the call would be a retrofit anti-tampering solution, which should fully secure the electrical equipment, prevent meter tampering and guarantee the safety of the people involved in the offence. The proposed solution can be either:
• a market-ready product
• an early-stage technology
The closure date for registering initial interest is 14.12.2018.
To register initial interest and request an ‘expression of interest’ form, please enter your details online. Alternatively, please call the Energy Innovation Centre on 0151 348 8040 and quote the reference number.
Please note: Specific EOI forms are created for each individual ‘Call for Innovation’ and the matching form will be required to progress any submissions. Office open hours are between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.