Natel's digital services division, called Upstream Tech, provides solutions that maximize operational efficiency and minimize risk to hydropower owners, operators and developers using the power of machine learning and remote sensing.
HydroForecast™ leverages advancements in satellite imagery and machine learning-based hydrologic modeling to provide high-accuracy forecasts, even where there are no existing gauges.
Lens™ is an efficient and scalable way to comprehensively oversee the landscapes that matter to you, no matter how large or remote.
Monitoring and maintenance
The hydroEngine system is designed for a 30 year project life, with maintenance on the powertrain every 5 to 10 years, depending on capacity factor and operating net head on the unit.
The cassette can be serviced simply by opening the housing top and performing maintenance in situ or after removing the cassette. Many of the individual components can be lifted out and moved by one or two technicians. All heavier components have multiple forklift and winch lift points.
SCADA user interface
The Upstream platform serves as a secure online tool for managers and owners to remotely monitor system status and operation metrics of all their hydroEngine assets. This platform allows for access to real-time data on plant generation, flow, and plant health information, and is used to optimize plant performance and plan for predictive maintenance to maximize uptime.