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Robotic Inspection in the energy INDUSTRY

As the global economy grows, so too does the global demand for electricity. This has been true even with the setback of the COVID-19 pandemic, with energy demand rebounding robustly in 2021 and into 2022. Decade-by-decade demand will be in constant ascendancy, which means that competition will remain high in the energy sector, especially as renewable energy gains momentum in the national grids of many countries. Autonomous robotic inspection is already playing a leading role in helping companies scale and meet the constantly increasing demand.
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AUTOMATING inspection in ENERGY facilities

THE Need: RISE IN REMOTE INFRASTRUCTURE

Accurate and reliable inspections of energy generation and distribution facilities are crucial for reliably and safely transmitting electricity to customers. The rise in renewable energy has led to the decentralisation of energy infrastructure and entailed an increase in remote substations. Energy production facilities and power plants are also often hazardous, making human inspection inconvenient and potentially dangerous. Furthermore, the repetitive nature of inspection rounds in energy production facilities creates a waning attention risk for human inspectors leading to errors in the inspection of critical equipment.
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Rise in the number of remotely located substations
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Safety and environmental risks
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The repetitive nature of routine inspections has a waning attention risk for humans
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Shortage of qualified personnel

the solution: ROBOTIC INSPECTION

Our software is applied to a fleet of diverse robots that are well-suited to handle the difficulties and dangers of workplaces in the energy industry. Through our end-to-end autonomous inspection solution power production and distribution plants can be remotely monitored in a cost-efficient manner. Hazardous and hard-to-reach areas can be easily traversed by robots, reducing risk to humans.

We at Energy Robotics are in the business of developing and providing cutting-edge software solutions that enable robots to undertake intelligent, customized inspections at clients’ facilities. These solutions can be adapted to a host of different electrical production and distribution facilities, including substations, power generation plants, hydroelectric plants and solar or wind farms.

The increase in renewable energy entails an increase in remote renewable energy transmission facilities, which can be inspected by robots autonomously and cost-effectively. Some sites can be so remote that simply getting to them on a regular basis for inspections can be extremely difficult and inefficient to achieve. Inclement weather, resulting in heavy snowfall in winter or heavy rains in summer, for example, can also impede the viability of employees undertaking inspections. Brain-powered with our software, robots can perform continuous inspection tasks without any problem, something that an employee would find difficult to do in terms of time and logistics.
TAKING ROBOTICS TO NEW HEIGHTS

AUTOMATING INSPECTION IN HYDROPOWER PLANTS

We are revolutionising inspection at llwerke vkw's hydropower plant in the Austrian Alps.
By automating inspection tasks the energy provider can save on travel expenses and monitor the plant constantly, especially in winter months, when storms might shut mountain roads, making the plant inaccessible.

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monitoring electrical substations

We are driving innovation in the energy sector by deploying autonomous robots in E.DIS's remote substations and delivering actionable information directly to engineers, thus saving travel time and effectively keeping a watch on critical equipment through frequent inspection rounds.

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value addition in energy operations

Scale and remotely inspect substations

The number of substations have been growing steadily with the increase in renewable energy production. Customers can easily and reliably inspect substations in all corners of their distribution network by scaling the number of robots in their fleet.  

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Early detection of anomalies

Prevent leakage of harmful gases like SF6 and increase uptime of critical equipment such as transformers and circuit breakers through early detection of leaks and anomalies by robots equipped with advanced sensors and AI driven skills.

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Robot-agnostic solution

Given the expansive scope of inspections, energy producers and distributors need a mixed fleet of specialist robots that are tailored to these conditions. We provide a single robot-agnostic interface to manage such a mixed fleet of different robots.

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AI Skill Store

Equip robot fleets with use-case specific machine vision and AI applications developed by experts. We offer an open platform where the most advanced AI applications developed by 3rd party vendors and in-house developers can be installed on robot fleets.

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Sustainability

The founding principle of Energy Robotics is to use autonomous robotics for a better tomorrow. Autonomous robotic inspection helps industries become more sustainable through increased safety standards, early gas leak detection, reduction in commutes to industrial sites and a whole lot more.

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Lower inspection costs

Manual inspection costs have been on the rise due to a demographic crisis in many parts of the world that has led to a shortage of engineers and operators. By onboarding robotic inspection, industries can reduce their inspection costs by half.

READ HOW ROBOTS ARE REDUCING COSTS AND PLUGGING WORKFORCE GAPS→
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Our software solution enables robots to inspect potentially explosive ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 areas

transform raw sensor data into actionable information

SKILLS

Skills are containerized applications that process sensor data and influence robot behaviour to perform specific tasks. They transform raw data into actionable information. Take for example, the analog gauge reading skill. Robots equipped with this skill are able to detect the needle position of analog devices with precision and record the reading accurately. Skills range from detecting gas leaks and monitoring safety equipment, to reading analog devices and tracking human movement on site.
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Collect accurate analog gauge readings and receive alerts when the nominal range is breached

A VERSATILE OPEN-SOURCE PLATFORM

Skill store

Similar to the app stores on your smartphones, we provide a platform that brings together developers and customers, such that developers can make their Skills accessible to customers at the click of a button, and customers can easily pick and choose the Skill that fits their needs.

To give customers as much freedom as possible, we’re also integrating AWS Marketplace into the Skill Store for greater access to third-party computer vision and AI applications.
HOW IT WORKS
"We have successfully tested and are pleased with the various functionalities provided by Energy Robotics, including general inspection of substation technology through reading analog measuring instruments; monitoring basic safety issues; and transmitting data securely."
Sven Mögling, Innovation Manager at E.DIS

Our customers in the energy industry

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Autonomous Inspection in the energy sector

industry focus: Energy
Manual inspections in power generation and distribution facilities are ridden with a plethora of challenges surrounding remoteness of locations, dangerous work environments and rising costs of deployment. Learn how autonomous inspection robots are tackling these challenges and adding value in the energy sector.
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MINIMIZING RISKS IN SUBSTATIONS

Substations are an integral  part of any electrical generation, transmission and distribution system. Germany, for example, has 8,000 substations, whilst the U.S. has 55,000. The fact that they are often in remote locations makes the inspection of substations logistically and financially burdensome for energy utilities. Learn how autonomous robots are helping energy providers scale and minimise risks at substations.
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