SP Energy Networks deploys drones for grid inspection

A fleet of drones is carrying out condition-based assessments across the transmission network, which covers Central and Southern Scotland

Airborne drones ‘could soon discover ideal spots for tidal energy projects’

Current methods for assessing tidal streams depend on survey vessels or special sensors installed at the seabed, approaches that can be time-consuming and expensive

Drones to locate abandoned oil and gas wells in New York

The wells release methane, which is many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas and is second only to CO2 in its overall contribution to climate change

SSEN deploys drones to inspect electricity infrastructure

Its partnership with Cyberhawk sees the use of drones to visualise power infrastructure from the rural Cotswolds to the urban areas of West London, without intrusion or inconvenience to customers

E-scooters and medical drone deliveries ‘could green UK transport’

Plans to allow e-scooters on UK roads have been unveiled by the UK Government, which has launched a consultation to make transport safer and greener

BP to use drones and thermal imaging to monitor methane emisisons

Gas cloud imaging technology has already been tested and installed in existing facilities such as the giant natural gas Khazzan field in Oman

Government announces £300m to accelerate greener travel

Funding will support new technologies including electric passenger planes, flying urban taxis and freight-carrying drones

Crawling robots ‘could soon be the future of wind turbine maintenance’

Sandia National Laboratories in the US says autonomous machines could keep blades operational for longer and drive down the costs of wind energy

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Radiation-mapping drones identify new hotspots at Chernobyl

Researchers say the drones provide the capability to monitor radioactive sites and respond to nuclear incidents without exposing humans to risk

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Drones ‘could cut solar design costs by 70%’

The unmanned aircraft can be used to plot where panels will work best, evaluate the energy generating potential of rooftops and conduct maintenance inspections