Drone: The Leading-Edge of Renewable Energy

Drone: The Leading-Edge of Renewable Energy

Energy CIO Insights | Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The implementation of drones in the industry can produce tremendous benefits for the renewable energy industry and not just that; its advantages go beyond it. It can be regarded as one of the significant game-changing technologies that come with endless benefits.

FREMONT, CA: In 2013, people were both skeptical and thrilled by the launch of drones for delivery services, as they have flying robots dropping their purchased items at the doorstep. Drone technology has now entered the energy sector, where makers are shaking hands with their competitors to come up with new and efficient equipment for the business. Some cloud software platform providers for commercial drones have merged to enhance the efficiency of solar panel installations and inspections with the help of thermal imagery and analytics captured by drones. Additionally, the onboard thermal imagery can lend a hand in ensuring that the equipment is in the appropriate position to maximize productivity.

As a step forward, companies have introduced secure and precise drone-based 3D models to substitute survey wheels and measuring tapes. With a few clicks, companies can collect the data on their smartphones, which is delivered by the cloud-based flying drone. With the help of the technology, installers can minimize the time spent on the roof, cut down the measurement errors, and detangle the maintenance of the persisting systems. Apart from that, the benefits that come along can significantly reduce the expenses done for the rooftop solar installation.

Similarly, many electric utilities have started utilizing the technology for observing how IR cameras built on drones. They are further trying to understand how drones can help in detecting malfunctions in solar panels along with speedy repairs. It is believed that the faster the issue is identified, the better production of renewable energy takes place.

When it comes to wind energy, the turbines are the ones, which have increasingly adopted the use of drone technology. Organizations get a chance to utilize the drones to obtain 3D images of wind blades, placed high, and identify the flaws in their functioning if any.

In the utility sector, drone technology can be used to perform a real-time visual inspection during the occurrence of a natural disaster. By employing drones, utilities can acquire pictures of the complete network and evaluate the intensity of the damage that has happened. It can also be used for surveillance purposes to protect the plant against physical threats and potential riots.

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