LineVision to run transmission line monitoring pilot with SMUD

LineVision to run transmission line monitoring pilot with SMUD

LineVision, one of pv magazine’s three energy startups to watch in 2021, has come to an agreement with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) on a pilot project for the company’s V3 monitoring system.

Under the pilot, LineVision’s Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)-powered V3 monitoring system will be installed across power lines in the greater Sacramento region for SMUD. The pilot project will focus primarily on power lines originating from the Upper American River Project hydropower stations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe, which generates nearly 700 MW and accounts for nearly 20% of SMUD’s customer demand in an average water year.

The V3 monitor uses thermal sensing and light detection and ranging (LIDAR) to “look out” at the span of the line, predict the dynamic line rating, and determine sway, temperature, and other variables that impact the safety and performance of the line. Each V3 monitor contains an electromagnetic field radiation sensor for collecting real-time data on the line’s electrical properties, while the optical sensor tracks each conductor’s position.