United Utilities Renewable Energy (UURE) owns and operates upwards of 60 renewable technology assets across the North West of England, including solar photovoltaic, hydro and wind turbines. Many of the solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are mounted on the ground, meaning management of nearby organic growth is an important part of the overall Operations & Maintenance strategy and is key to ensuring the safe and efficient on-going output of the system.
Inspecting concealed pipework
Pipework systems within industrial power plants contain many metres of concealed pipework. Pipes may be buried, located in trenches, clad, lagged or difficult to access. This concealment of pipework makes it difficult to inspect and monitor its condition. The challenger is seeking solutions which will support existing maintenance and safety programmes and enable them to inspect concealed pipework to determine the possible presence of general or localised corrosion and to detect thinning of pipe walls.