How we got here
Back in 2011 EA Technology, a research and development organisation serving the electricity industry, were actively looking for an alternative for timber poles. We were invited by EA Technology to present the Jerol Composite Pole to a forum of distribution network managers from each Distribution Network Operator. It was at this forum that the relationship began with David Talbot, Overhead Circuits Manager at Electricity North West. David and his team were interested in this innovative new product.
As the study at EA Technology progressed the Composite Poles emerged as the best alternative to Creosoted timber poles compared to steel and concrete. In December 2013 a Jerol test line was installed at EA Technology’s facility in Chester. The Jerol product performed exceptionally well. It was strong, light, a great insulator, and compatible with all current hardware and installation methods. Plus unlike the creosote-impregnated timber, the Jerol pole is completely inert, far safer for the environment and the teams maintaining the networks.
Then in 2015, we were invited back to Electricity North West to present to a panel of Line Engineers. Laura Stelfox was one of the Design Engineers on the panel and following the success of the presentation and trial at EA Technology, worked with David to seek out a suitable location for a live installation. Later that year the site at Bentham was selected. Following a detailed survey Laura specified the type, height and drilling requirements for the new poles. These new composite poles were manufactured by Jerol in Sweden, drilled by our facility in Winsford and then delivered into Electricity North West ready to install.