I’d like to talk about a significant issue in the power industry. Electric utilities strive to improve reliability in the face of challenges such as fewer operators, aging assets and increased cycling. An electrical power critical asset (switchgear, transformers, bus ducts, etc.) failure can result in a forced power outage leading to lost production, environmental issues, personnel safety concerns, potential litigation, and repairing and/or replacing the damaged asset. All of this can result in critical risks and millions of dollars of associated costs.
The following table shows a simple view of the associated average potential revenue lost if a 500MW generator was down due to a forced outage.
To address these issues, asset maintenance is transitioning from traditional reactive and time-based activities to implementing a proactive strategy through continuous condition-based monitoring. Modern sensing technology makes it possible to continuously monitor the health of electrical power critical assets and inform plant personnel when, or even before, problems arise.
I’d like to offer you a white paper that describes the three steps for deploying condition-based monitoring on critical electrical power assets which will lead to a proactive – and eventually, predictive – maintenance strategy:
The white paper will help you select the best monitoring and analysis approaches for your requirements. Please click HERE for your copy. And if you have any questions, please contact me at Jonathan.Murray@Emerson.com.