New York State of Opportunity | NY Power Authority


For Immediate Release:
01/23/17

Contact:
Lynne Smith | Lynne.Smith@nypa.gov | (914) 681-6916

NYPA RECEIVES AWARD FOR HELPING ADVANCE TOOL TO DETECT CONDUCTOR CORROSION

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority has been recognized by the Electric Power Research Institute for its research related to the application of a new high-tech inspection tool that detects corrosion on overhead transmission lines.

NYPA will receive a 2016 PDU Technology Transfer Award, which recognizes leaders and innovators across the nation who have transferred research into applied results and championed technology that drives progress in the electricity sector.

NYPA took part in a research project to advance the development of a conductor corrosion inspection tool—C-Cor—that directs a laser across the wires, recording data that is sent back to the instrument on any corrosion and the extent of the deterioration.

Developed by EPRI, C-Cor is an example of the advanced technology that can analyze the condition of generation and transmission assets to help determine whether maintenance and repairs are necessary and when to take equipment out of service.

Senior transmission engineer Julius Fuks led NYPA’s testing in a demonstration of C-Cor in September 2015 along the Niagara-Adirondack transmission line in western New York. The demonstration and ensuing analysis showed the effectiveness of the device, how it could reduce linemen’s exposure to potentially hazardous activities, and its possibilities for use on a wider scale.

About NYPA:

NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. For more information visit http://www.nypa.gov/ and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and LinkedIn