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The Powerline Bushfire Safety Program invested $10 million to support the Research and Development (R&D) testing and development of new powerline bushfire protection technology and fault detection capabilities.

Between 2014 – 2019, R&D projects fostered the commercial development of new or enhanced products to further technology that prevents bushfires occurring from powerlines. These included:

  • Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL) 2014–2016
  • Vegetation Conduction Ignition Testing 2015
  • Covered Conductor Grant Program 2016–2017
  • Early Fault Detection (EFD) System Trial 2017–2019
  • Vegetation Detection Challenge 2017
  • Broken Single Wire Fault Return (SWER) Conductor Detection Research Project 2018–2019.

Research and Development Round II (R&DII) programs

A second round of grants awarded $1.65 million across 4 projects. It gives leading researchers, universities and electrical distribution businesses the chance to work together to help improve powerline bushfire safety.

The grants explore emerging powerline safety technologies and systems. Its focus is on helping build business capability and foster innovative developments. This will further enhance the safety of electricity assets to protect people and property from bushfires.

Funded projects

Page last updated: 06/09/22