As smart grid technologies advance, the ability to collect real-time operational data and act on it is becoming more attractive. For power grid utility companies, the benefit of monitoring expensive assets can help them reduce operating costs while reducing power outages. If more equipment on the grid can be instrumented, additional gains can be had through big data analysis and artificial intelligence control of the grid itself.
The current limitations for power utilities to date has been the availability of high performance, low-cost measurement instrumentation for key grid equipment such as transformers, switchgear and transmission lines. For this equipment, better monitoring and control through instrumentation is critical for improving the overall efficiency, safety and cost of operating the grid.
Fibos is utilizing the patented optical measurement platform with unique sensors designed to install within minutes onto existing equipment already in operation. The solution will target substations, allowing multiple pieces of equipment to be monitored using the same sensor type.
Once instrumented, the platform will collect temperature, current, voltage and other data to evaluate each components health within the substation. This information will be used to ensure the reliability of the specific substation. With multiple substations within the utility being monitored, actionable data can be provided with how to route power that will best optimize efficiency through the reduction of transmission losses. Fibos is actively looking for test sites and partners to deploy these measurements. Please reach out if there is interest in further discussions.
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