Sumitomo SHI FW partners with Gecko Robotics to provide improved asset health for CFB/BFB boiler owners and operators

Source: press release, 22 February 2022

Gecko’s inspection team will inspect CFB/BFB boilers using cutting-edge technology
Gecko’s inspection team will inspect CFB/BFB boilers using cutting-edge technology (photo: Gecko Robotics)

Global energy technology provider Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) and Gecko Robotics have announced their partnership to offer extensive inspection, damage analysis, maintenance, and improvement engineering services to CFB/BFB boiler owners and operators globally. This partnership agreement is an extension to an earlier agreement that covered only a limited number of countries.

CFB/BFB boilers are implemented in power plants across the globe due to their ability to consume lower cost, alternative fuels, including a wide range of biomass and waste derived fuels, resulting in carbon neutral power generation. Old, obsolete boilers can also be converted to CFB/BFB boilers, thus enabling power plant operators to reduce CO2 emissions.

In addition to lowering emissions, maintaining high reliability is critically important for asset owners. To do this, they need to be well equipped to inspect and maintain their infrastructure.

“Asset health is of utmost importance to owners and operators. We are excited to expand our partnership with Gecko Robotics to a global scale and deliver an even broader service portfolio for our CFB/BFB customers. Accurate inspection data also supports our Digital Services and enables us to enrich advanced analytics to boost boilers’ performance without added risk,” says Ilkka Koskinen, Director of Service Agreements and Digital Services at Sumitomo SHI FW.

Led by industry experts in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Gecko’s inspection team will inspect CFB/BFB boilers using cutting-edge technology, such as Rapid Ultrasonic Gridding (RUG) which pinpoints corrosion and wall loss. Using this integrity data, Sumitomo SHI FW experts can help asset owners adjust operation regimens, while providing highly accurate maintenance recommendations and/or improvement engineering services.

“I am excited to bring our collaboration with Sumitomo SHI FW to a new level through expansion of the partnership from Europe to a global scale. Together, we are bringing the best of both worlds to CFB boiler operators across the globe – unparalleled boiler operations and maintenance expertise from SFW and ability to capture boiler condition in the finest detail with GR robots,” states Ivan Pistsov, Head of International Partnerships at Gecko Robotics.