Drones in utilities
The Electric Power Research Institute has been looking into the prospects of using drones in power line management.
In October 2015, the research institute held a three-day workshop with different utility companies to discuss the options available.
By using simple drones, nothing more than a small helicopter model with a few sensors and a camera, they were able to carry out a safe, clear inspection of lines at a hydroelectric plant in the Catskill Mountains. This type of drone work is also used in farming and land surveying to gather aerial data.
This sounds great for technological progress in the industry but while there are potential benefits, there are also obstacles.
There are clear advantages to using drones in this line of work
The benefits of using drones in this capacity are clear – these simple machines … Read the rest
Solar Panel Cleaning
The Mojave Desert has long been prime real estate for solar farms due to the vast expanse of open landscape, the high levels of sunshine that can be harnessed and the proximity to some of America’s greenest areas.
There is a 3,500-acre solar farm in the desert that is capable of producing vast amounts of green electricity, but only when conditions are optimal.
Issues with dust and dirt have threatened the effectiveness of this site, to the point where engineers are looking into the potential of using drones in cleaning sites.
Solar farms are magnets for dust and need an effective cleaning solution to maintain efficiency
The problem with this sunny, empty landscape is that it is also incredibly dry. This means that dust clouds can build up in bad weather and the solar panels are often … Read the rest
Land Surveying Drones
Land surveying can be tough work, requiring the ideal tools, dedicated time in the field and a lot of effort spent compiling the data.
The problem with this hands-on approach is that not only is it time-consuming, it can affect accuracy levels.
Companies are now looking at surveying drones and LiDAR to approve the accuracy of their methods and data, and the efficiency of their work.
What are the advantages of using these land surveying drones over traditional techniques?
Many companies are sure to look towards UAVs for land surveying because of the potential time that can be saved, the costs that can be cut and the safety implications that are offered.
But there is one other advantage to drones that cannot be overlooked: drones are just more accurate than humans.
This accuracy can be seen in … Read the rest