What we do
Freedom via its subsidiary British Power International (BPI) specialises in electrical system studies and design. We offer Power System Planning, Overhead Line, Connections, Electrical and Civil design, Asset Management and Project Management, Safety and Quality Assurance services. We also hold full Lloyds NERS accreditation. Clients ask us to provide innovative, cradle-to-grave solutions for New Connections, Substations, Overhead Lines and Electrical equipment. We also support HV Systems, Protection Systems and Network Modeling with consultancy and procurement expertise. BPI provides innovative and award winning solutions such as POC-MAST, which is a cost effective solution for Grid Connections and Protean, which is a Wood Pole replacement and further information can be found at www.bpienergy.com/products.
A case study on the POC-MAST can be found at http//www.freedom-group.co.uk/casestudies/st-osyth-33kv/
Who we do it for
Our clients include Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), industrial companies and independent generators with a need to Connect to the Grid.
Freedom via BPI is the UK’s largest engineering design provider in Electricity Distribution. All design work is delivered by our qualified and experienced in-house team using the latest software and design tools. We have successfully completed power design and system studies for everything from overhead electrical lines, system studies and power systems to detailed substation design, cabling and associated civil works up to 132kV. For further information see; www.bpienergy.com
Renewable Energy Design
Freedom acts as a link between the client and Distribution Network Operators. Our comprehensive design services range from feasibility studies and budget quotations through to detailed design solutions for the most efficient and reliable new networks. Read more >
Plant Specification & Design
The plant design team’s capabilities include 400kV, 220kV, 132kV, 33kV and 11kV voltages. The services offered include substation plant detailed technical specifications, design risk assessment and document preparation. We have particular expertise in GIS 132kV switchgear and cable design including cable route survey and cable sizing calculations. The team uses the latest 3D CAD software producing high quality 3D designs, ensuring the project is compliant to all clients and industry safety standards. A number of projects have been completed throughout the UK for DNOs, commercial and industrial clients.
Civil & Structural Design
Freedom Design will ensure that all the requirements in a modern project environment are met without compromise. We can recommend and use appropriate codes and standards, and will be pleased to advise and integrate work with a client’s QA and Project Management System. We are very familiar with civil engineering aspects of substations and overhead lines. We will provide cooperation and support between the civil / structural and various electrical specialist teams. We have a number of Civil and Structural Designers using the latest industry standard software.
Overhead Line Design
We have an exclusive arrangement with Fugro, a world class aerial survey company (LiDAR) based in Europe and the UK. We have produced specific aerial survey specifications for all Overhead Line voltages and structure types ensuring the aerial survey data meets the requirements of the project. The dedicated Overhead Line team uses PLS-CAD to post-process the LiDAR data. The PLS-CAD system is fully configured with the client’s Overhead Line specifications, providing a high quality design with all associated, route maps, profiles, fittings document and engineering compliance documents. We have recently completed over 1,000km of Overhead Line LiDAR survey and designs for 11–33–132kV projects. The designs included both refurbishment of existing lines, the routing and design of new Overhead Lines. A complete Design Pack was produced for each of the projects
Our Protection Design team will ensure that a protection system safeguards major plant and cable assets and ensures uninterrupted supply. Services provided include specifying current and voltage transformers, circuit breakers, auxiliary supplies, telecommunications equipment, control circuits, and protective devices such as relays, auto re-closures and monitoring equipment for post-event analysis. Our design services include protection and control technical specifications, integration design for equipment to new or existing primary equipment and panel design.