A Brighouse professor is leading a £670,000 research project to detect potentially dangerous and destructive faults in electricity sub-stations.
Ian Glover, from the University of Huddersfield, who was born and brought up in Bailiff Bridge, began his working life in the power supply industry before he embarked on academic study.
He will now be the lead investigator on the scheme, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which will develop the principle of wireless sensor networks, which can be monitored centrally.
This technology is designed to locate and diagnose imminent system faults, so that repairs can be made. In the worst cases, equipment can explode leading to power cuts, repair costs and safety risks – though most modern UK stations are not manned.