- Inert – No harmful contaminants to leach into the environment.
- Strong, Light and Non-conductive – Safer to work with and handle.
- Consistent – Manmade computer controlled production that will allow currently specified safety factors to be reduced, saving energy, material and costs.
- Less Taper – Jerol poles are much less tapered than timber needing a smaller excavation diameter saving time and cost.
- Tested - Results verified by extensive load testing showed that the torsional strength of the Jerol composite pole far exceeds that of the equivalent UK timber pole.
- Easy Install – Can be installed just like a timber pole.
- Compatible hardware – Can be drilled and installed with all industry standard hardware.
- Long Life – Maintenance free with a service life of 80 years.
- Woodpecker proof – The inner core of the pole is very tough and will resist attack.
Whole life costs
When comparing the Jerol product with traditional timber poles it’s important to look at the whole life costs because the Jerol composite pole is more than just a solution to Creosote.
- Whether it’s a replacement or new installation the amount of personnel and plant required to carryout the work means that the actual pole cost is only responsible for a small proportion of the over all costs.
- Amongst other benefits, the Jerol pole has a maintenance free service life of circa 80 years. Modelling with experienced overhead line managers, suggest that new timber poles with a Creosote alternative would have to be replaced at least once during the life cycle of the Jerol pole.
- Replacing a timber pole because of woodpecker damage is an expensive exercise and will not necessarily cure the problem, as the woodpecker is likely to return to the same site to re-establish their nest. Jerol poles are the perfect cost saving solution. The woodpecker will not be able to structurally damage the composite pole and will not be able to penetrate the high-density core layer. This will save the cost of a new pole and the associated installation.
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.