Power Plant Equipment Monitoring
Equipment maintenance and in-use monitoring is critical for achieving high power plant reliability. Draper, in collaboration with Progress Energy, has developed an intelligent automated measurement, diagnostic and control system to replace the periodic, manual measurement and maintenance procedures typically used today. This technology is based on the same software that controls autonomous and crew-assisted operations for the International Space Station. It is being deployed in coal-fired plants and natural gas combined cycle plants to monitor thousands of critical parameters that are vital to achieving high reliability.