Historically utilities have dealt with power outages and failures with personnel and bucket trucks or pickups. Ice storms, downed electrical lines, broken poles and dysfunctional transformers often leave customers without power for days or even weeks. Not infrequently, it is a life-safety issue that, even if available, necessitates backup power generation for hospitals and medical facilities, for example. This infrastructure may be underground or overhead, or both.
In the United States, the Co-Ops have 2.6 million miles and 56% of the land mass to maintain. And now, with the advent of electrical and autonomous vehicles, the demand for electrical power for all providers will only continue to grow, perhaps exponentially. The question is what will be the technologies and tools of the future that can provide clean, safe and efficient maintenance and surveillance for this burgeoning power supply? Near the top of the list will, undoubtedly, be unmanned and autonomous systems (drones, robotics, and driverless vehicles), the very advanced technologies now being used and planned for by GVF Living Laboratory and its partner, DII - Utility Recovery & Metrics, LLC, which plans to develop tools and systems for the utility industry to protect and enhance operations and utility networks.
GVF Living Laboratory has more than one-half mile of electric transmission lines and miles of distribution lines onsite, providing potential opportunities for utility companies to partner with GVF Living Laboratory and DII - Utility Recovery & Metrics, LLC for research, testing and demonstrations. Click on the four images below for pictures of the power lines situated on GVF Living Laboratory.
located in Cleveland & McClain Counties, Oklahoma