Corona discharge also called corona effect or partial discharge is a key unwanted side effect to be considered by powergrid companies. Indeed this phenomena of unwanted electrical discharges can have several impacts : short term impacts as some waste of energy along the network as well as more harmful long term consequences like network breakdowns occasioning strong economical impacts. Energy conservation is now a key stake for governments. To support it powergrid companies are investing in their operations and maintenance activities in order to keep a modern and efficient network.
Corona dicharge detection is a predictive inspection method used by grid maintenance teams, electrical test engineers maintaining and inspecting high voltage equipment. The network is inspected by helicopter, drone or through manual inspection using some handheld devices. These detection methods are enabling maintenance teams to localize the partial discharges through the whole grid including transmission lines as well as l substations from 5000 Volts.
Different methodologies for detections are available : acoustic detection, thermal detection (IR) and Ultraviolet (UV) detection. UV detection or UV imaging technology is the only technique able to provide to techniciens a direct image of the discharge by using the UV spectrum (100nm ~ 400nm) to detect the discharges.Within UV detection, solar blind UV detection remains the most promissing technique. The solar blind UV detection is using high sensitive and compact UV cameras to detect very specific parts of the wavelength from (200nm~280nm) not reacheable by using any other detection methods.
Photonis offers a range of UV cameras to OEMs and integrators (drone companies, detection devices manufacturers) that can help to reach these levels of sensitivity while keeping a compact product with a low weight.
Photonis UV cameras are using the combination of an ultra sensitive image intensifier tube coupled with one of the best performance low light cameras in the market. Thanks to its expertise in electro optics and in the coupling of components, Photonis is able to propose to OEMs a cost effective plug and play solution; coupling is done and all the related production challenges are gone for integrators.