Eliminating Unplanned Downtime
Nearly 100 days a year, the Arizona Valley desert reaches highs of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more. While the region bakes, power companies ramp up to meet the demand of the harsh environment – and of one of the fastest-growing populations in the US.
Fortunately, the Salt River Project (SRP) power district, one of the nation’s largest public power utilities serving approximately 1 million retail customers in the Phoenix area, knows the answer to keeping everyone cool on even the hottest days. It analyzes data from production equipment sensors, customer usage – and even about the weather itself – to anticipate demand and optimize the production of its generating resources.
SRP owns and operates multiple generating sources, and keeping track of them and scheduling generator maintenance is a highly complex process. Manufacturers have exacting specifications for when the turbines that generate power re-quire maintenance. Maintenance schedules are based on the amount of time the resource has been producing power. Typically, a generating resource must be scheduled for maintenance on or before a manufacturer’s required maintenance schedule to ensure the unit operates properly.
“If we don’t perform scheduled maintenance as required, we’d be out of compliance with the manufacturer’s warranty and would risk having an unplanned outage on a critical resource,” says Steve Petruso, Senior Software Developer at SRP’s Supply and Trading Group.Read more
Keeping Up With Solar
As solar PV installations increase across the United States, integration issues are becoming more prevalent. There is a limited amount of “smart” technology available to distribute the solar-generated, electrical energy throughout a household. Today’s breaker boxes and electrical panels distribute energy from the grid with little consideration for solar or battery backup power. The integration intelligence among multiple incoming energy sources is limited. Since many aspects of electrical infrastructure in the United States are outdated, alternative energy resources pose a series of challenges. One of those being when the grid goes down, power produced from solar energy is no longer available.Read more
Revealing the Entire Picture
On both commercial and residential properties, energy audits have become a popular technique to analyze and identify opportunities to reduce a building’s footprint. Traditional methods of conducting audits at commercial facilities have been time consuming and resource intensive. In most cases, auditors walk through each building to measure performance statistics and analyze sources of heat loss. The auditors also rely on energy data delivered by the utilities each month. These methods may uncover certain issues but often do not provide the whole picture of energy consumption and can be cost prohibitive.Read more
Increase Safety with Better Inspections
The insights from data on pipeline inspections can literally save the lives of people working and living nearby. Maintenance crews, construction teams, and the general population are all impacted when the integrity of a gas pipeline is compromised. Inspectors working in the field are often independent contractors, each working for multiple gas utilities. Since training and inspection requirements differ across companies, it is no surprise that data quality issues are abundant and analytic insights are lacking.Read more
Access to Talent and Accelerating Innovation
Access to highly-skilled talent continues to drive corporate decision-making. And, because of the rapid evolution of technology,
nearly 90 percent of U.S. R&D executives agree they are not able to execute transformational innovation quickly enough. Research universities are uniquely positioned to fill these gaps.Read more