Top 3 Uses of Mini ROVs in Hydro
Mini Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are used worldwide for inspections throughout the Energy Industry. Strong infrastructure is vital for the safety and efficiency of energy production and that could not be more true when considering hydroelectricity. Water is a destructive force; it regularly thrashes against the intake networks of a dam and through the power generating turbine. These structures can last anywhere from 50 to 100 years, with the timeline dependent on the quality of maintenance and inspections conducted over its life span. As one of our predicted top energy sources of the future, it is important to maximize the life of these structures!
Mini ROVs offer an affordable and reasonable method for regular inspections and preventative maintenance. Below are the top three uses of Mini ROVs to inspect and maintain a Hydroelectric Dam:
2. Trash Rack Inspection and ClearanceThe trash racks are close to the intakes, collecting any moderate to large debris that is flowing through the river. This debris can build up on the racks and cause blockage. Having a Mini ROV enables you to inspect how significant the build up is. Using a Grabber arm, you are able to remove debris as well. There are often times when the build up is not significant enough to call a servicing team. However, due to not having eyes underwater, you are unable to decide whether this is the case or not and are thus forced to spend the money or hope that it is not a problem. Having a ROV eliminates the risk of complacency while also reducing the cost of depending on another company.
3. Reservoir EvaluationHydroelectric Dams are placed on bodies of water, so the risks of environmental impacts are no surprise. That being said, not all of the impacts are negative. Understanding the species that live in the area and the effects of the dam on the biodiversity will go a long way in preventing accidents and environmental damage, while understanding the ecology in general. Mini ROVs are able to visually monitor the underwater environment as well as take samples using our sediment and water samplers.
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