Electricity availability is a given to our society. We take its provision for granted and our productivity gets paralyzed when downtimes happen. Power Generation professionals are constantly acting to preserve the level of production to make sure the grid is always on. By choosing Elios, power plants maintenance teams are able to regularly and thoroughly assess the integrity of their assets, preventing downtimes, or reducing them by rapidly collecting visual data to make educated decisions and get things fixed.
Assessing the integrity of burners, refractory, and superheater piping inside the combustion chamber and detect cloggings, wears, and tears inside air pre-heaters.
Controlling for suspected leakage and assessing the integrity of equipments in radioactive parts or nuclear plants without having to expose humans to radiations.
Assessing the integrity of supporting pins, burners, and lancers inside an HRSG during the power outage of a combined cycle plant.
Visually inspecting refractory, burners, tubes an pipes of the combustion chamber during periodical and unplanned shutdowns.
Inspecting inside the blades of wind turbines during planned shutdowns and inside the pillar and basement of the turbine while operating.
Gathering visuals to check for the integrity of various confined spaces of a dam such as surge tanks, water canals, penstock, and flood gates.
Visually inspecting refractory, burners, tubes an pipes of the combustion chamber or recorvery boilers during periodical and unplanned shutdowns.
Collecting information, such as liquid levels or leaks, at the top of high-voltage underground transformers to assess their proper functioning.
Performing prior-to-commissioning inspections of coal-fired boilers to certify the proper execution of the work done by a plant constructor.
Performing a General Visual Inspection to detect cracks and anomalies on the inside of a sky-high chimney within a power plant.
Having supplied the Elios and trained a number of nuclear staff to fly this technology, we would agree it has many benefits. Although there are some areas you would not use this or any other rotary wing aircraft due to rotor wash, but for most restricted or no man access situations it delivers and has the potential to save hundreds of thousands when compared to conventional methods.
Managing Director, EneffTech Services Ltd
At Exelon, we have realized significant safety improvements and cost-reduction using the Elios to perform indoor asset inspections at our facilities. We feel this is a valuable asset every generating station should have on-hand.
Co-Founder and head of Business Development, Exelon AeroLabs