Energy company E.ON is using virtual reality (VR) to map its difficult-to-access high-voltage substations in Germany.
Bayernwerk is the first E.ON German network operator to use the method, which “significantly reduces the time required and costs of training, while also saving CO2”, according to the energy company.
The first transformer station shown in VR is located in Gebelkofen, a small town in Lower Bavaria. It is one of around 750 substations and switching stations in Bayernwerk’s network area.
“This high number alone shows the potential behind the use of VR for training and instruction purposes,” E.ON explained. “Initial calculations indicate an annual saving potential of around 800 to 1,000 hours of travel time when the transformer stations are fully digitised.”
Bayernwerk expects the mapping of all its sites in VR to take four years.
Other German E.ON network operators, including Avacon, e.dis and HanseWerk, as well as E.ON Hungary and the Czech Republic, are also using VR, although for different applications.
These include reading meters using data glasses, checking overhead lines, planning, building and replacing network installations and street lighting, as well as recruiting and training.
HanseWerk Natur is also using VR to enable users to visit a block-type thermal power station.
Avacon’s use of VR has focused on recruitment and training for the past to years. It gives potential applicants a realistic impression of various job profiles in a virtual world.