Erik Bystrup, Danish architects, T-pylon, electricity pylons, green infrastructure, electrical engineering, UK infrastructure, easy maintenance

The new pylons are 36 meters high-considerably shorter than the previous steel lattice pylons-and comprise T-shaped masts and diamond-shaped “earrings” made up of insulators and wiring. The design beat six other shortlisted proposals thanks to its simplicity and elegance.

Erik Bystrup, Danish architects, T-pylon, electricity pylons, green infrastructure, electrical engineering, UK infrastructure, easy maintenance

The first six structures have been installed in Eakring, Nottinghamshire, and officials are planning to erect more throughout¬†the country. Bystrup has been designing infrastructure projects for some time now and his designs have been widely accepted in Denmark, where he’s based.

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National Grid’s electrical engineers will soon start training with the new pylons, which are easier to maintain since the engineers won’t have to climb them to make the necessary repairs and inspection. Instead, they can work from elevated platforms. With the introduction of new pylons, the old ones are not going to be removed, but National Grid expects them to simply become phased out after a certain period of time.

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