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Optimizing Hydropower Operations with RFID Technology

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 Optimizing Hydropower Operations with RFID Technology - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Networks & Connectivity - RFID
  • Sensors - Temperature Sensors
Applicable Industries
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Renewable Energy
Applicable Functions
  • Human Resources
  • Maintenance
Use Cases
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • System Integration
  • Testing & Certification
The Challenge
Hydropower installations have aging connections between rotor poles that exhibit temperature rises and cause unplanned failures. Traditional solutions for tracking generator temperatures and shaft line strain are ineffective in harsh conditions.
The Customer
About The Customer
GE Hydro, a subsidiary of GE Renewable Energy, provides solutions for hydropower installations. Their customers include integrators, government-owned companies, federal utilities, independent power producers, and investors.
The Solution
GE Hydro partnered with Asygn and HID Global to develop a solution using RFID technology. Asygn's chip captures temperature and strain measurements, which are forwarded to an RFID reader via HID Global's TAG antenna. Data aggregation and modeling are done through GE Hydro's Asset Performance Management platform.
Quantitative Benefit
  • The solution enables optimization of maintenance prioritization and scheduling, leading to improved machine availability and operational efficiency. GE Hydro plans to install pilots worldwide and collect data for further analysis and service offerings.

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