How is electricity produced in the USA?
We all take it for granted. We walk into a room, flip the switch on and there you have it, electricity. Most of us have no clue how this type of energy gets generated, the energy that keeps our devices, home appliances, business....etc
So, the basic concept of electricity generation is using turbines. Turbines are turned so that it spins magnets surrounded by copper wire, to generate energy.
To turn the turbines, you’ll require a fuel source.
There are 3 types of resources that generate electricity in the USA,
Energy sources of electric generation:
Natural gas, 32%
Nuclear energy, 20%
Renewable energy, 20%
Wind power, 6%
Biomass power, 2%
Petroleum, less than 1%
Solar power, 1%
From power stations, electricity flows to transmission lines on large size lattice towers, on to substations in cities and towns to distribution lines carrying smaller amounts of electricity to houses and businesses.
Just simple facts.
Sadly enough, it’s what some major corporations do, it is a common practice now these days, let’s just deal with it after the fact. In the eyes of so big to fail companies, in order to please share holders, maintenance has become an after thought, if it’s not broken, then we don’t have to worry about it. That is the mentality of major for profit power companies.
Although the cost of scheduled maintenance is much less than fixing what broke and caused lots of damages, it is often put on the back burner, and when catastrophe happens, big companies spend astronomical amount of money to fix equipment, manage their inventory and pay PR companies to change the public’s consciousness at the same time. That is what is called reactive thinking, dealing with it after the fact.
Reactive thinking is a major problem and it defies logic on so many ways. The word safety is heard in every conversation, in every marketing advertisement, in every meeting but, it is rarely practiced. For Profit companies, with billions in profits, are getting away with minimum maintenance and hardly seeking intelligent data of their assets.
Transmission and distribution power lines require regular scheduled maintenance, and for a company with thousands of miles of T&D lines, it is difficult to maintain an accurate assessment unless pre actively thought of and work is in place to establish the labor required for such task. Big companies can afford such projects by outsourcing to contractors and subcontractors.
Small companies on the other hand, don’t have the massive level of resources that big companies have, outsourcing can be extremely costly but since their inventory is much less, implementing a solid, skilled team to perform maintenance and assessment on regular basis is much easier.
It is the year 2019 and intelligent robotics technology has advanced dramatically, and can help small power providing companies perform their maintenance and collect data, much faster and in such efficiency than humans can accomplish. Implementation of UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) is one of the greatest tools for collecting the most proficient data in such short time in the most cost effective way. Implementation of commercial drones within an organization is the most logical explanation for T&D lines assessment.
California ADI (Aerial Data Imaging) has been conducting UAS aerial inspections over T&D lines with the most skilled FAA licensed commercial drone pilots nationwide.
Our consulting and training program helps small utilities companies establish their own UAS program. We know how to help companies save money, time and diminish the risk of injury.
Do not let your organization be the canary in the coal mine.