Groundline Australia has been awarded a grant to develop a new method for replacing bare-wire powerlines under the Andrews Labor Government’s Powerline Bushfire Safety program.
The project aims to develop a conductor to replace bare-wire powerlines that will reduce the risk of bushfires and potentially enable a safer alternative technology for use across the state’s electricity network.
The work will be done in collaboration between the Bendigo engineering firm, manufacturer Amokabel, Swinburne University and electricity retailer United Energy.
The Labor Government is providing $291,000 to Groundline Australia to kick start the project.
There is approximately 90,000km of mostly bare-wire high voltage electrical lines across Victoria that this innovation could be applied to, significantly reducing the risk of bushfires.
The ability to fit a treated conductor onto existing infrastructure with minimal impact on the current installation methods will improve efficiency, reduce costs and put Victoria at the forefront of innovation.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“We’re putting people first by reducing the risk of bushfires that start from powerlines.”
“This means that our bare-wire powerlines can be replaced sooner to improve safety and reduce overall costs.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“I’m thrilled to see local engineering firm Groundline Australia focusing on next-generation innovation to help keep Victorians safe.”