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    OFF-GRID POWER SOLUTION HELPS BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN BOROUGH COUNCIL PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER


    OFF-GRID POWER SOLUTION HELPS BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN BOROUGH COUNCIL PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER


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    Categories: INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS, VIRTUAL JOURNEY TIME,

    Date: 7th September 2021

    Background

    Highway Authorities in the UK have legal obligations under the Highways Act 1980 and Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, to firstly maintain the public highways in a safe condition but with an additional specific duty to remove snow and ice from the carriageway. When road surface temperatures are forecast to drop to between 0°C to +1°C (marginal temperatures), decision makers face the difficult task of balancing road safety and operational efficiency of the network. If there is any doubt as to whether ice will form, the gritting machines inevitably go out, often several times a day, depositing varying amounts of de-icing agents on the roads.

    Treating roads too late can lead to accidents and congestion, but unnecessary treatment of roads can result in high additional costs due to wasted de-icing agents and labour costs. In addition to cost, unnecessary treatment of roads leads to additional environmental damage to our ecosystems and road infrastructure.

    Weather stations detect the actual weather and road conditions in real time, returning the data to the forecasters and decision makers accordingly. A reliable power source is required to ensure the efficient operation of this technology.

    Whilst electrical power is normally available in built up conurbations, it often isn’t readily available in more rural areas. This was an issue faced by Blackburn with Darwen and their weather station location requirements. To install a dedicated conventional power supply to a remote location is often impractical and cost prohibitive.

    Whilst there was an existing weather station in place in the borough, it was poorly located and needed significant investment to maintain.

    Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council required a cost neutral, environmentally sustainable solution that would allow them to make an informed decision around the treatment of the roads when marginal temperatures were forecast.

    Click below to view and download the full case study and see how the Rennicks Off Grid Power Solution has helped Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council prepare for severe weather.

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    “Fantastic to see the new weather stations installed at Blackburn with Darwen. These help ensure our road networks are ready when severe weather hits, and because they are solar and wind powered, this helps us tackle the council’s climate emergency targets, as well as saving money.” Zainab Rawat, Assistant Executive Member Growth and Development Councillor

    “I am immensely proud to have been involved in the successful delivery of this innovative solution. Our old weather station was poorly located and required significant investment to maintain. The provision of these two new weather stations will ensure we receive a robust data led forecast and provide efficient gritting operations.” Dwayne Lowe, Head of Highways and Network Operations at Blackburn with Darwen Council

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