Traditionally wooden power distribution poles have been preserved using creosote a chemical that is coming under EU and UK Government pressure to be replaced. Therefore, there is a need to find alternative preservatives to creosote or find alternative materials that can be used to replace traditional wooden poles. Any alternative to traditional wooden poles would need to meet the requirements of network operators. New materials and designs would have to demonstrate longevity, ease of installation and operation, correct mechanical strength, appropriate electrical properties, be eco-friendly and cost effective.
Timescales: 03/2016 - 05/2017