ENERGY & UTILITY DRONES
Drones solutions provide critical visual and thermal data on the condition of power stations, so personnel can identify risks and address them quickly without shutting down operations.Energy industry sectors like solar, wind, powerlines rely on inspections to maintain safety standards to effectively power the world, but those inspections can take large amounts of time and money to carry out. With drones flying overhead utility sites, damage on everything from wind turbines to solar panels can quickly be identified, preventing potential problems before they grow.
With information collected by a drone, abnormalities and damage can be quickly pinpointed, progress can be monitored, and everything from orthomosaics, to elevation data, and 3D maps can be created.
How Are Drones Being Used by Energy Industry?
Drones are compact and flexible, able to fly into boilers for a full scan without shutdowns or endangering inspection workers.The live footage helps identify risks for informed decision-making.
DJI drones are equipped with advanced obstacle sensing systems with the option to add a spotlight attachment, so they can be reliably deployed for internal inspections.
Wind Turbine Inspection
When it comes to drone inspections in the wind energy sector, the market is driven by the large amount of blades that need to be regularly monitored for deterioration and damage.
Automated flight routes can be set up to conduct thorough, repeatable inspections of the wind turbine without safety risks to personnel.
Drones can get close-up images of defects on the blade such as cracks, water ingress, corrosion or rust with a zoom camera without shutting down operations.
Drone inspection results are quantitative and digitized, facilitating data analysis and recordkeeping.
Solar System Inspection
The life span of solar panels depend on regular and efficient maintenance, and because solar farms run over expansive areas of land, inspections can take large amounts of time and money. With a drone survey, inspections costs can be cut in half so companies can increase their efficiencies and better stay on top of operation maintenance.
Drone automated flight routes can be set up to conduct thorough, repeatable inspections of solar farms without safety risks to personnel.
Drones enable teams to view temperature readings and visible-light footage in real-time so any hotspots on the PV components can be identified immediately.
Drone inspection data is digitized and ready for further analysis or recordkeeping, significantly improving efficiency.
Previous to drone technology, helicopters or industrial climbers would have to perform inspections on power lines. Not only would this pose a risk to employees, it was also a much slower and costly process. Industrial climbers would have to climb posts to access power lines, and helicopters would be extremely expensive and intrusive. In contrast to manned aerial vehicles or placing people in dangerous situations, drones are a much safer, quieter, and environmentally friendly alternative.
With high quality imagery, operators can assess the condition of power lines, to prevent damage and potential outages from occurring. A drone performing routine and regular inspections with pre-programmed waypoints can also provide high quality imagery from optimal perspectives, and give operators a detailed analysis of any malfunctions.