Technology E2E

Using citizen science to address bird electrocutions on overhead distribution networks

Overhead lines are widespread in South Africa’s rural areas, and are therefore also often home to vulnerable or threatened birds such as vultures and eagles. In addition to the moral and ethical imperatives of taking reasonable steps to prevent bird electrocutions, the legal requirements and cost of bird-related outages and repairs also need to be considered. This paper outlines an approach that was taken by Eskom, a South African utility, in addressing the design of new medium voltage (MV) distribution lines in vulnerable areas, including where old lines are refurbished or where individual poles are replaced.

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Technology E2E

This new section created by CIGRE for ELECTRA includes strategic articles from CIGRE authors on the future grid end-to-end (E2E).

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