The Applications of Drones in Utility & Energy Sector

Drones in Utility & Energy Sector

RC Planes and helicopters have been there for decades, so why is there this sudden massive interest in drone technology today? RC planes and helicopters were the toys kids used to play within the 70s or 80s.

This was the typical user experience anyone would have fun with. One can use them for a few minutes or maybe a few hours, but they were flimsy. They’re made of paper and cardboard and were not robust. The reason is that they’re just toys, not tools. So, what really changed?

Drone is a combination of government and private sector innovation. There are flight controllers for NASA, GPS technology; regionally pioneered by the US Navy, miniaturized sensors like accelerometers and gyroscopes, digital cameras that are miniaturized, high quality and energy-efficient. All these are combined with advances in model aircraft and battery life that give the modern drone its powerful capabilities. Having the … Read the rest

Role of Drones in Utilities and Energy Sectors.

drones in utility and energy sectors

Drones in utilities and energy sectors

Not all readers will remember August 14, 2003, but 50 million people living in Northeast America probably do. This was the date of the worst power outage on the North American continent ever recorded – it left those 50 million literally in the dark. This is why power companies spend millions of dollars to fly helicopters to survey the power lines in hopes of finding out what exactly went wrong and in seeking new ways of meeting grid reliability standards.

They use a variety of sensing technologies in addition to visual inspections, too. Thermal imaging cameras and radar sensors are used extensively to spot thermal and physical issues w/ wirelines.

Drones in Utility and Energy sectorsIn the 2003 blackout event, upon discovery, they found that three high voltage transmission lines in Ohio had leaned onto some trees causing the massive blackout.

This is where the demand for lidar usage … Read the rest