Online Safety Community

How Smart Monitoring Can Improve Safety in Power Plants

(Image source: MaxPixel)

In November 2017, a power plant explosion in Unchahar City in the Uttar Pradesh state in northern Indian, left 32 people dead and over 80 others seriously injured. This news report came as a shock to the world, but the reality is that equipment failures in the energy, oil and gas, and nuclear industries are a common occurrence. NTPC Ltd.’s Unchahar power plant tragedy has been a wakeup call to the rest of the energy sector. As India’s largest electricity producer, NTPC has a responsibility to ensure the safety of its workers,and engineers have since demanded safety audits to be carried out across all plants and sites.  

Safety in general has been improved across the global market since the accident, and comprehensive training and well-maintained safety equipment have been core focuses for companies everywhere. With the growth of the IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence), plants are now able to utilise technology to assist with safety monitoring. Here are some ways that smart technology is changing health & safety in power plants across the industry.

Improved Safety Monitoring

By using AI, the industry can ensure accurate and continued monitoring of equipment to ensure that everything is in working order, and to detect problems in advance. Being able to predict failure before it occurs not only helps to protect assets and saves companies time and money, but it can prevent accidents, deaths and workplace injury.

Failure management is an important aspect of health & safety in plants, and it is key to accident prevention regardless of the hazard. There are many start-up companies now attempting to off AI powered solutions, including the award-winning SparkCognition. Their SparkPredict® product raises machine prognostics to a cognitive level to identify impending failures long before they happen. There has also been huge advancements in ultrasonics, thickness monitoring and crack detection. UK based company, Ionix, is pioneering with products such as their HotSense™ transducers which are capable of performing in the most extreme conditions.With both AI and next generation ultrasonics, safety monitoring should be more effective than it’s ever been.

Identify Voltage Instabilities

Adding AI capabilities can also help with transmission and distribution, making it possible to predict major failures on the grid (and other areas where there is transmission and distribution of energy). This technology can be used to identify voltage instabilities, which will reduce problems such as blackouts.

Having a predictive way of working ensures that engineers have better control of the environment and can work on preventative measures. This is something that can benefit the energy customer, households and businesses everywhere. And of course, on top of the safety factors, AI is also being used to make energy more efficient and affordable. Companies, such as Drift, not only use Artificial Intelligence and data collection to streamline products, but they also use machine learning to reduce the cost of energy for consumers.

Overall, smart innovations increase the dialogue between energy producers and the end user, whether that be in a residential, commercial or industrial setting. So looking beyond the safety aspects, using AI in the energy industry can only be a good thing.

Views: 56

Comment

You need to be a member of Online Safety Community to add comments!

Join Online Safety Community

Take our poll!

Take our poll!

Latest Activity

Mark Nilson posted events
4 hours ago
Joseph Wilcox posted a blog post

Aseptic Processing Overview and Validation

This course will provide an overview of the requirements for aseptic and bulk manufacturing operations, including facility design, contamination controls and acceptable personnel behaviors.Cleanroom classifications and the techniques for proper cleaning and disinfection are presented; along with a high-level overview of microbiology in regards to cleanroom environmental monitoring and the associated impact to product and patient health and safety.This course will also review the guidance…See More
5 hours ago
Training Doyens posted events
10 hours ago
Premier Safety is now a member of Online Safety Community
yesterday

Forum

What % of Dollars should be bugeted for All Safety Training for a "Heavy Equipment Road Construction" company with 100 employees? 1 Reply

I have been at a Highway and Road Construction company for six months. I am developing a (first) complete training program. I am the 1st full time safety hire for this company. I need to develop a…Continue

Started by JTurpening. Last reply by Jen McDade yesterday.

Technology and Safety 1 Reply

What are the most useful tools to have at your fingertips? -Toolbox Talks-JSA-JHA-Daily Reports, etc. What is falling through the cracks that could be an easy fix? Safety Managers, Coordinators and…Continue

Tags: safety

Started by Drew stone. Last reply by Jen McDade on Friday.

Important of Warning sign 1 Reply

Warning sign is a type of traffic sign that guide a hazard ahead on the road. Having proper warning sign on the road provide a healthy environment.Continue

Tags: Signs, Workplace, Safety, Sign, Warning

Started by healthandsafetysigns. Last reply by Jen McDade Jan 14.

Workers paticipation in safety management 2 Replies

Workers paticipation in safety management is the aspect which is required to be implemented in the OHSAS 18001 2007 version. , I invite our experience community members to share their views on the…Continue

Tags: management, safety, in, paticipation, Workers

Started by SafetyRaja. Last reply by Tara safe Dec 27, 2018.

How to improve safety culture of factories 4 Replies

How to improve safety culture of factories having mostly contract and casual ever changing workers for whom training and monitoring both are major issues. Such qorkers are mainly meeting accidents in…Continue

Started by Harkant Dave. Last reply by Jen McDade Dec 24, 2018.

Badge

Loading…

© 2019   Created by Safety Community.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service