Digitalization in Fortum
The digital era is breaking the industrial-era models of how nuclear power plants should be operated. At Fortum, we have advocated digitalization of our business practices to improve operational efficiencies and create value for our customers.
These rapidly evolving technologies have been in use for several years in different parts of Fortum and the benefits and payback has become evident. Interactive 360° videos have been used at our hydro and nuclear power plants to boost efficiency in projects and maintenance. Based on user experience, we’ve gained a lot of good ideas on how to further develop the technology and apply it to new areas in maintenance, engineering, projects and training.
The use of 360° video technology stemmed from the needs of the power plant’s own personnel.
“This development project is a good example of functioning collaboration across organisational boundaries, and the solutions have been tested and implemented simultaneously in both the nuclear and hydropower sectors. In the latter, interviews were conducted to map the needs and the technologies; while digitalisation workshops were held with the nuclear power personnel to brainstorm the best application targets,” says Miko Olkkonen, Head of Sales, Nuclear Services, Fortum.
The first videos were shot at the Loviisa nuclear power plant and Imatrankoski and Tainionkoski hydropower sites. The Loviisa videos offer the opportunity to visit places virtually that are inaccessible during the power plant’s normal operations, such as the cramped, radioactive steam generator room. For the hydropower personnel, the technology provides the opportunity to virtually visit our numerous hydro power plants that are geographically dispersed around Sweden and Finland. These interactive 360° videos have proven so useful that Fortum now provides them as a service to other companies in Finland and abroad.
“At Loviisa, the videos are useful in planning the annual outage. For instance, precisely timed maintenance work is carried out during the annual outage in areas difficult to access during operations. With these videos, this work can be planned and scheduled in advance better than before. This shortens outages, reduces risks and reduces personnel dosage” Miko says.