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Empresa británica que ha desarrollado una nueva tecnología de seguridad eléctrica busca licenciatarios


Oferta Tecnológica
Una pyme británica ha desarrollado un sistema de sensores para detectar cambios de tensión en un vehículo y alertar en caso de detectar una tensión peligrosa. Este sistema con detector de campo eléctrico alerta a los trabajadores que operan cerca de tendidos eléctricos de riesgos invisibles si sus vehículos o equipos conectados al sensor tocan los tendidos eléctricos. El sistema puede instalarse fácilmente en cualquier vehículo e incorporarse en el sistema eléctrico del vehículo. La empresa busca socios académicos e industriales para continuar con el desarrollo y comercializar la tecnología bajo acuerdos de licencia.


UK-based SME looking for licensees for its novel electrical safety technology
A UK-based SME has developed a sensor system that detects voltage changes across a vehicle and alarms when a dangerous voltage is detected. This system alerts workers operating in the vicinity of power lines to the otherwise invisible risk if their vehicle or equipment connected to the sensor, touches the power lines. The SME is offering this technology to partners from academia and industry for further development and commercialisation under a license agreement.
Any kind of work in the vicinity of electrical power transmission infrastructure carries the risk of electrocution for those carrying out the work. This is especially the case if vehicles used in such work e.g. cherry pickerstele-handlers, crop sprayers, cranes, concrete pumps or excavators makes contact with live lines. The people in the vehicle are usually insulated by the vehicle itself while those outside could form a connection to earth resulting in electrocution if they touch the vehicle that is connected to the transmission infrastructure completing the circuit to ground. Currently safety procedures are in place to reduce the likelihood such incidences but they are based on controlling access to the vicinity of the work. There is a lack of indicators of the presence of a potentially lethal voltage meaning that failures of safety procedures may only be detected when electrocution has resulted.

A UK-based SME has developed a sensor system that detects a potential difference between the vehicle and ground. When such a voltage is found the device activates an alarm to alert the workers in the vicinity to the danger that would otherwise be undetected. The system includes an electric field detector that monitor the potential difference between the vehicle and the ground. If this potential difference reaches a safety critical threshold the system will activate an alarm to inform the operators to the risk, enabling them to recognise an evolving accident and once informed take appropriate action.

The UK SME has developed a prototype of this system that has been tested by utility company partners. They are now offering the sensor system technology to companies and academics working in the sensor and/or safety compliance sectors for further advanced prototyping and commercialisation. It is envisaged that the partnership will take the form of a license agreement.
Advantages and Innovations:
The UK SMEs technology has the following advantages:

Can be easily fitted retrospectively to any vehicle.
Can easily be incorporated into the manufacturers electrical system of a vehicle or item of plant.
Can be linked to audible or visual alarms depending on user requirements.
Provides a clear indicator of an otherwise invisible risk.
In operations it serves as a daily reminder of the risks associated with working around electrical transmission infrastructure.
Stage of Development:
Available for demonstration
Patents granted

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The UK-based SME is looking for partners in industry and academia working in sensor and safety compliance sectors to licence the potential difference sensing technology to. The partner will gain access to the technology for further development and commercialisation, with the UK possibly SME assisting if desirable and beneficial to both parties. The SME will look for royalty payments as part of the license agreement.


Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
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Technology Keywords:
01002003 Electronic engineering
09001009 Tecnología de sensores relacionada con la realización de medidas