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Teaser Infrared Image - The Answer

Some pretty spot-on answers this week—love the analysis and imagination!

Infrared Image

Visible Light Image

Answer: Image is of water discharge being pumped from the power plant into the neighboring river! This image was taken at a coal-fired power plant in Minnesota, by our very own Rick Maday.  He stood on top of a 15-story furnace to capture this shot—what a daring employee.  While there isn’t much to monitor or diagnose here, it really does make for a cool image :).  On top of that, we hear the fishing at this spot is some of the best in the area! (Good guess, Dan!)

And now…to take snippets of some of your answers for a Teaser Infrared Image Answer “Remix”

“(Pat) It appears like a warm water run off from a plant of some kind, flowing into a lake or larger body of water—(Mike)…on a river with discharge from a Hydroplant—(Dan)…Put it all together and it might be a Fluke employees fishing hole…any rate it is a neat image.”

Thanks again for all your answers!  Stay tuned for next week’s teaser image!

3 comments to Teaser Infrared Image – The Answer

  • While you can say there “isn’t much to monitor or diagnose here,” that may not be the case. The temperature and flow pattern of discharge water directly affects how much power can be produced. Especially during low-water periods production is often reduced because the consequences of discharge are too great.

    We’ve noted several instances where cooling water was discharged in a location that failed to optimize cooling or where the monitoring equipment was not measuring in the main body of the flow—both resulted in significant reductions of power production and, once corrected, in astronomical increases in revenue.

    I’d encourage anyone with any kind of a cooling pond or discharge to get up on top of the building or boiler and see what the thermal patterns look like.

  • Fluke Thermography

    Great point, John. Thanks for the input!

  • You mean I don’t have to pay for expert adicve like this anymore?!

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