Drones in Power And Energy

Power Transmission Line

 

Our drones provide high quality data along entire power transmission lines . This Facilitate an improved asset life , reduce outages thus saving huge capital and hundreds of hazardous man-hours.

Overview

 

Globally, the length of power transmission lines is expected to reach almost 10 million circuit kilometers by 2025 owing to increasing energy demands. Understandably so, the reliability of energy supply is high priority and hence, it is imperative to maintain transmission and distribution infrastructure in top condition and minimize outages. But the task of maintaining and inspecting high voltage transmission and distribution lines by the conventional techniques is prolonged, difficult, unsafe, hazardous and much expensive. With the advancement in drone technology, the usage of drones in the power and utility sector has grown rapidly.

power transmission line

How drones can be used?


Drone-powered solutions can improve manpower safety, speed and efficiency of routine maintenance activities and troubleshooting by completing eliminating manned aerial surveys, rope access or on-foot inspections. High-quality data from drones can save thousands of dollars and hundreds of hazardous man-hours while improving asset-life and reducing outages.

Drones can carry a varied range of cameras for higher resolution visual inspection to detect hot spots, insulator flashovers, cracks, chipped ends, monitoring of conductor sag, vegetation management, having top view of pole and towers, infrared inspection for hot spots, monitoring of circuit, identification of any abnormalities (bird nests) or defects with equipment.. They can access hard-to-reach infrastructures for detailed inspections and provide maintenance of assets spread over a vast area in comparatively lesser time and costs. Drones can also execute dangerous inspection procedures and thus, enhance on-site safety.

Why ideaForge Drones?


ideaForge’s industrial-grade drones are designed to resistant to electromagnetic interference. These compact and nimble can manoeuvre efficiently along high-voltage power transmission and distribution infrastructure gather rich data sets to identify and mitigate risks in power distribution in advance. ideaForge’s drones allow for inspection of towers and assets from a safe distance with real-time images and video feeds that are much superior to ground-based inspections.

Owing to their class-dominating endurance and flight time, ideaForge’s drones have demonstrated time and cost savings of 60 – 70% while exponentially improving worker safety.

Solar Enery

 

Our drones with thermal cameras can detect hot spots and provide a rich set of accurate data to detect faults and diagnose them timely to minimize power loss and maintain performances in solar farms

Overview

 

The solar industry is growing at a tremendous rate, with the global installed capacity now being over 300 GW. Regular inspections are crucial in solar farms to minimize power loss and maintain performance as solar panels are prone to manufacturing defects and mechanical damages.

The output of solar panels decreases at a rate of 0.5% to 3% each year. Timely detection of such defects is important to fix anomalies to avoid severe drops in energy production. However, the conventional inspection method of walking through the solar farm with handheld cameras is not efficient enough and is highly time consuming.

 

solar panel

How drones can be used?

 

Drones can carry a varied range of cameras for higher resolution visual inspection to detect hot spots, insulator flashovers, cracks, chipped ends, and more. They can access hard-to-reach infrastructures for detailed inspections and provide maintenance of assets spread over a vast area in comparatively lesser time and costs. Drones can also execute dangerous inspection procedures and thus, enhance on-site safety.

Why ideaForge Drones?


ideaForge’s versatile drones with thermal camera provide accurate heat maps that enable customers to proactively address anomalies and maximize output. These drones typically reduce the time and cost required for inspection by up to 60%.

Manpower costs are reduced as fewer personnel are required for routine maintenance and diagnostics. Further, risks to human lives is also reduced as personnel are not required to ascend to height for inspection in case of elevated arrays.

Wind Energy

 

Our drones with high – resolution infrared camera are used for inspection of wind turbines to provide detailed view of the infrastructure that helps in locating damages undetectable by the naked eye and that too several times faster and cheaper than traditional techniques

Overview


The global wind turbine industry is expanding rapidly owing to growing interest in wind energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. This has led to a meteoric rise in the global O&M industry. However, maintenance of these wind farms is not easy as they are located in remote areas or above water.

Wind turbines are towering structures with mechanical parts and huge turbine blades that are prone to wear and tear, bird strikes, and lightning strikes which often leave behind small cracks and undetectable damages to the naked eye. The conventional method of inspecting blades using rope access method from hundreds of feet above ground is a hazardous task, time consuming and inefficient.

wind

How drones can be used?


Aerial drone-based wind turbine blade inspection is 60% times faster, 30% times cheaper and several times safer than traditional rope access or elevated platform inspections. Drone-based inspection with high-resolution camera, infra-red camera or other sensors provide detailed inspection of the blades, nacelle and the towers with clarity.

Drones can help examine any area of interest further to detect any minute cracks and corrosion. Formal reports are also submitted to the client for the best course of action decisions. Drones thus provide in-depth on-site analysis and assessment of the structures at lowered operation costs and time without compromising on maintenance standards.

Why ideaForge Drones?


ideaForge’s drones superior design and built provide consistent stability even in the high winds. These fully autonomous drones can quickly inspect structures and provide accurate data to experts to analyze and identify defects and faults that invisible to the naked eye.

ideaForge’s highly trained UAV pilots ensure that there is zero risk of asset damage as the inspection is in progress. Since inspection takes from a remote location and fewer personnel are required, the risk to human lives is significantly reduced as well.