The Ameren Illinois Roxford substation. The infrastructure project included substation upgrades and new transmission structures. Photo by Ameren.
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Extreme Weather in Action: A Monitoring Perspective

Feb. 22, 2024
One technology company offers innovative line-powered monitoring systems and shares some breathtaking images from its equipment in this gallery. Images shared here include scenes from Norway, Iceland and Turkey. 

Grid-enhancing technologies are transforming overhead transmission line monitoring by enabling the detection of a wide array of events, from wildfires to icing. These advanced systems integrate visual surveillance with in-depth weather and line condition monitoring, facilitating both real-time analysis and predictions of future events. This innovation can be pivotal for grid operators, empowering them to anticipate and mitigate potential power outages.

Powering such monitoring devices in remote and extreme weather conditions has traditionally been done via solar panels, which, despite their benefits, are met with limitations. A new approach has emerged through power-line powered systems that harness energy directly from the power lines they monitor. This approach offers a reliable and maintenance free-alternative. These stations can also play a role in optimizing grid capacity. They offer precise local weather data, crucial for managing the thermal limits of power lines and enhancing the grid's overall efficiency.

One technology company, Laki Power, offers line-powered monitoring systems like these, and the company shares some breathtaking images from its equipment in this gallery. Images shared here include scenes from Norway, Iceland and Turkey. 

 

 

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