Drones Lay Their Eyes On The Energy Sector!

Drones Lay Their Eyes On The Energy Sector!

By Energy CIO Insights | Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The use of drones is an energy industry is like adopting a new technology, which cuts down the operational costs, doubles productivity, and provides safety in a business.

FREMONT, CA: Drones are significant parts of the global energy industry and are used to examine the conditions of different assets like the power plant, pipeline, and rigs. The advent of drone technology has slowly replaced the human operations in a variety of hazardous tasks. It has undoubtedly reduced the risks at a workstation as well as helped the managers to make better decisions concerning the business.

Apart from replacing the human inspections, drones have taken a step forward in replacing the traditional techniques of scrutiny in the oil industry. Drones are replacing conventional inspection techniques which involved workers and are considered much safer and faster than human inspections as they do not have to climb rigs, pylons, and towers. They are a cost-effective method of inspections, which allows uninterrupted production. In any energy project, drones can be utilized for measuring processes in real-time, enhancing safety, reduction time, and money.

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Rather than sending workers to towering towers of the plant, companies can employ drones to fly to the top. Inspections that are done manually can take more than a week to finish, whereas drones can complete the entire process in hours with engineers piloting it from the ground. Drone technology is designed with a range of sensors with HD cameras, laser scanners, and radar to perform duties like detecting security issues, leakages, etc.

There are oil rigs in different regions that are inspected by drones, where it conducts an airborne analysis with the help of visualization technology. It helps to enhance security by eliminating potential issues even before they occur and analyzes the operational issues as well.

Some companies have come up with a drone that can replace the staff equipped with IR cameras, which walk around searching for gas or oil leakages. They have built the drone with laser-based sensors abilities that can fly over back and forth of the entire gas field in minutes on one battery. It displays the results on the screen of the device screen carried by the operator.

By following the trend, many power and gas transmission operators have also started implementing the drones in the plants to inspect the installations or operations near motorways and urban locations. The drones carry IR equipment, which helps them to identify hot spots on transformers and inspect materials at height. With the help of drones, companies have improved their inspection regimes and efficiently guarded their network operations.

When it comes to monitoring installations, drones play an imperative role in the solar power sector. Drones are well-equipped with sensors, which can swiftly find the solar panels, producing more extended power. For the same reason, drones have been primarily utilized to inspect installations of various solar panels prone to potential damage and create interruptions to panels.

In the energy infrastructure, drones are used to survey locations for probable asset installations. Utility companies can make use of drones to study the relevant site for mapping the landscape, proposed for a solar farm. It can accumulate data by using the inbuilt software algorithm and mark the appropriate place or spot for the panels to get installed. Besides, drones take less than half of the time consumed by a traditionally manual process in mapping and surveying along with the process of designing the farm.

Transmission line pulling is considered as an absolute risk when performed by a human. Helicopters or cable-men usually perform sock-pulling, and in both cases, they are exposed to high risk. By using drones to pull transmission lines, companies can get rid of the complicated process as well as possible injuries of linemen who are now distantly placed. The evolution of customized drone solutions with sensor systems and abilities to grab the line and hand it over to the cable-men has been an innovative technique to simplify the complex process.

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