SHERP / Case Studies - Powerlines


Description: Energy companies which produce/deliver energy, power generation and infrastructure management.

Needs: Energy infrastructure servicing and equipment transportation to hard-to-reach places, maintenance and repair of power lines in remote areas, urgent staff transporting in case of emergencies.

Pain points:

  • High expenses for helicopter usage.

  • Weather dependence.

  • Helicopters are not safe and not suitable for pipelines servicing.

  • SUV/SUT have limited off-road abilities in terms of passability and transportation capabilities.

  • SUV/SUT and Helicopters are not suitable for swamps.

  • It is not possible to use any vehicle on the thin ice.

SHERP Solutions: Support unit for power-grids repair and maintenance operations in hard-toreach areas and harsh terrain. It allows for power supplies to be restored faster and down-times dercreased. Safe and suitable for energy infrastructure servicing.

DUKE ENERGY - www.duke-energy.com

DUKE ENERGY – one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, providing electricity to 7 . 7 million retail customers in six states.

Needs: crew and equipment transporting for regular monitoring operations, maintenance and repairing the infrastructure in remote locations .

SHERP Solution: using special vehicles for the most challenging conditions in everyday operations, overcoming any kind of obstacles – swamps, wetlands, lakes and rivers etc.

MANITOBA HYDRO - www.mhi.ca

MANITOBA HYDRO is a provincial Crown Corporation and one of the largest integrated electricity and natural gas distribution utilities in Canada.

Needs: using specialized vehicles to transport people and tools to remote incidents in extreme conditions.

SHERP Solution:

  • Urgent staff transporting in case of emergencies to the most inaccessible locations for the elimination of power infrastructure damage.

  • Allows for quick access to hard-to-reach areas, crossing water obstacles without having to create temporary passages in order to reach worksites.

TRANSENER - www.transener.com.ar

TRANSENER is the leading Argentine company in the transmission of extra high voltage electric power.

Needs: high passability vehicle for crews and equipment delivery to remote worksites, maintenance and repair of power lines, eliminating accidents.

SHERP Solution: used for maintenance and repair operations in hard-toreach locations, urgent crew transportation in case of emergencies, reducing time of accident elimination.

SAGEMCOM - www.sagemcom.com

SAGEMCOM is a leading European group on the high added-value communicating terminals market (broadband solutions, audio video solutions, and smart grid end-to-end solutions) which is based in France.

Needs: high passability vehicle for people and tool transportation for projects on the island of Madagascar.

SHERP Solution: used for crew and equipment delivery to hard-to-reach locations for the installation of Internet cable lines.

DTEK - www.dtek.com

DTEK is a key player in thermal generation and coal mining in Ukraine. It is a generator of electric power at fossil-fuel power plants and renewable energy power plants, a supplier of thermal and electric power to end consumers, and an energy service provider.

Needs: inspection of high-voltage lines in hard-to-reach wetlands, regular monitoring and maintenance of power lines in river crossings areas and wetlands in order to prevent blackouts.

Previous solution: using boats or monitoring only during the winter period, when workers were able to get to the site by travelling over thick ice.

SHERP Solution:

  • Reduced time of power line inspection by 8 times.

  • The ability to operate in any season without waiting until swamps freeze.

  • High passability – SHERP is able to take on any obstacles that competitors would not.

UKRENERGO - www.ua.energy

Location specifics: highlands, steep grades and slopes, mountain rivers

Previous solutions: horse-drawn or light truck delivery, manual loading and transportation in impassable areas

Pain points: using wooden power towers instead of concrete ones due to transportation impossibility (low loading capacity and passability)

SHERP Custom Solution (loading crane):

  • will increase the transportation ability.

  • will enhance the loading capacity.

  • will displace machines operated by workmen.

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