Utility boilers are large furnaces used to create heat energy, traditionally by burning coal or natural gas. By igniting those substances, it creates heat near 3,000°F at the base, boiling water in tubes lining the walls, until steam can be separated and passed through turbines to create power. Majority of the power plants in the United States are still powered this way, making them critical infrastructure in the U.S. Having these assets up and running as often as possible is very important to power companies as generation serves as the foundation of revenue for each of them.
Traditional Inspection Methods
Companies inspect the inside of these structures to look for damage to the tubes or wear & tear on the burner cyclones. In the past, this has been performed with a rope access, a cable buggy, or by building scaffolding to specific areas or all of the structure.
Why drones like the Legacy One?
Our drone can inspect these steel enclosed structures in a matter of minutes, rather than days. Whether it is verifying a few specific areas of repair from the last outage, or visually checking the entire boiler for flat spots on the tubes, the Legacy One should be the first tool chosen when beginning an outage.