Almost every aspect of life in the 21st century is dependent on the use of electricity; from the way we work and do household chores to the way we socialise. Traditionally, electricity has been mainly produced by burning fuels such as coal, diesel, or gas. Nuclear, hydroelectric, and geothermal are also used where this has been viable.
In recent years, there has been the increased exploration and adoption of renewable energy from other sources such as solar and wind. Much of this has been the result of advancements in technology that have made these options feasible, but there has also been increased societal interest as well.
Equipment Inspection and Upkeep
All large-scale methods of energy production require the building, and subsequent inspection and maintenance of expansive infrastructure. This can include preventative maintenance which will increase the efficiency, prolong the life of the equipment, and reduce the risk of downtime and a more expensive repair resulting from equipment failure.
Such maintenance can include panel component maintenance, checking system connections, and scheduled cleaning of solar farms. For wind farms this can include inspecting the blades and turbines and lubricating moving parts. Security patrols may also be necessary for some locations.
Challenges of Maintaining Wind and Solar Farms
Unlike traditional coal power that tends to be contained within a small number of plants, renewable energy from solar and wind, is drawn from farms spread over many, often remote locations. The inspection and maintenance of solar and wind farms, therefore, have a different set of challenges compared to traditional energy.
The more regularly equipment is inspected the more likely that problems are caught before there is a problem. However, sending staff to remote locations can be costly and time consuming. Being able to monitor staff movement and link this with maintenance schedules can help make this process more efficient and effective.
Increased Performance with Staff Tracking
Attendance and tracking software allows managers to know where their staff are and how they are performing their duties. Staff can be assigned duties remotely and report on incidents as they occur. Request call-back buttons are also built into the system for added safety giving staff working in remote locations piece of mind.
Company vehicles and other mobile equipment can also be tracked to ensure safe and appropriate use and minimise the risk of valuable purpose-built equipment being lost or seriously damaged. Along with showing the location of a vehicle, trackers can be set up to show usage such as harsh acceleration, turning and breaking, fuel levels and maintenance schedules.
Data collected over a period of time from tracking systems can then be analysed and used to better assign staff to problem areas. Automatic reports generated from the collected data can then be sent proving definitive proof of service. This is both useful for contract compliance but can also help reduce insurance costs.
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