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2019 - The Collaborative Grid

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President & CEO Exacter, Inc.

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In 2019, The City of Akron will be addressing the resilient electric grid as a key element in their economic development strategy.  The city is focusing on the electric grid as a foundational element to attract industry and increase population.  Knowing the condition of the grid as it is impacted by weather and wear-and-tear is critical to planning for grid hardening, improvements, and predictive maintenance.  The City will be monitoring the electric grid from vehicles in the sanitation and meter reading departments.  These public vehicles will carry autonomous sensors developed by Exacter Inc, of Columbus Ohio.  The sensors, which are used by electric utilities in predictive maintenance programs, will evaluate the condition of the electric grid equipment as the vehicles traverse the city. The weekly grid condition assessment will show how the state of electrical equipment changes over time and in reaction to the environment.  Machine learning algorithms will use the repetitive grid evaluation to gain insights into issues that impact power availability and public safety.  The forecast of future grid conditions will come from artificial intelligence analysis of the grid condition measurements.  Grid condition forecasts will support initiatives to rebuild, underground, and maintain critical areas.  Avoiding catastrophic events such as pole fires and down powerlines are included in the project goals.  In collaboration with the local utility, improved grid operations will be achieved through informed grid management. Forecasting equipment issues will enable predictive maintenance and economic resource planning.  The initiative will change the grid management paradigm from run-to-failure to informed and collaborative asset management.  The breakthrough project runs through 2021.  This report and following reports will demonstrate advances in grid management strategies to be tested and achieved.

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