Luna Innovations wins fiber optic monitoring system contract for major U.S. clean energy project

(WO) – Luna Innovations, a global leader in advanced optical technology, was recently awarded a contract for power line monitoring for an innovative power generation project that will deliver clean energy to a major metropolitan area in the Northeast U.S.

Luna’s technology will provide temperature, depth of burial, and acoustic monitoring for the power cables that form the backbone of the system. The monitoring services will help ensure safe, efficient delivery of renewable, reliable, low-cost power over the area’s 300-mile transmission line. The project will decrease wholesale electricity costs ‐saving residents of the metro area $17.3 billion over a 30-year span ‐ and reduce CO2 emissions in the region by an estimated 3.9 million tons in its first full year of operation.

Luna’s fiber-optic-based monitoring systems use distributed temperature sensing, depth sensing, and distributed acoustic sensing technology to detect potential fault locations in electric power cable systems.

In this instance, the company’s sensing systems will detect compromised areas in or potential threats to the transmission line. Understanding the exact location of compromised areas of the project’s High Voltage Direct Current cable will reduce both repair time and down time for end users and increase overall safety and operability.

“Fiber-based monitoring systems play a key role in ensuring that clean, sustainable energy can be delivered safely and efficiently to major metropolitan areas over cable transmission lines like the one in this project,” said Scott Graeff, President and CEO of Luna.


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