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Emergency Retrieval System (ERS) for Power Lines

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  • November 16, 2020
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Emergency Retrieval System (ERS) for Power Lines

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Economy

In news

  • An indigenous technology, Emergency Retrieval System (ERS), for quick retrieval of power transmission in the event of failure of transmission line towers was recently developed. .
  • Developed by: Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Key takeaways 

  • At present, the ERS systems are imported and the cost is relatively high.
  • This technological development will enable the manufacturing in India for the first time, which will be an import substitute. 
  • Also, it will cost about 40% of imported systems.
  • ERS is a lightweight modular system that is used as temporary support structure to restore power immediately after the collapse of transmission line towers during natural calamities such as cyclone/earthquake, or manmade disruptions.
  • It is made of structurally highly stable box sections. 
  • It is lightweight, modular and reusable.
  • It can also be assembled quickly at the disaster site for restoration of power in 2-3 days. 

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