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

Chernobyl drone
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

Drone flying over solar panels
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

Ørsted drones on about robotic wind turbine blades inspection

The technology helped reduce down time from around two hours to 20 minutes

PwC drones on about energy and agriculture sectors’ £1.1bn savings

The consultancy suggests 76,000 drones could be in use across the UK’s skies in 12 years’ time

Express delivery! Could drones help cut emissions?

The use of drones to deliver commercial packages could help save energy and emissions. A new study shows drone-based delivery could reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in the transportation sector. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Carnegie Mellon University, SRI International and the University of Colorado at Boulder conducted tests […]

Offshore wind maintenance drones get £1.2m funding

Innovate UK has awarded £1.2 million to help develop technologies for the autonomous inspection of offshore wind farms. The funding will be used by Perceptual Robotics, ASV, the University of Bristol and VulcanUAV to integrate drones, a computer vision lab and an autonomous boat into a cohesive and effective maintenance system. The project aims to […]

‘Sky’s the limit for power firms using drones’

Applications for drone technology across the global power and utilities industry could be worth up to $9.5 billion (£7.2bn) a year by 2021. That’s the forecast from PwC, which suggests the unmanned aerial vehicles could prove useful in a wide number of roles, for example conducting geospatial surveys, assessing levels of pollution and even using […]

TELCA by air

  Enjoy the spectacular views of London from the air as we look down on the biggest TELCA night ever!

Investigation into drones over French power plants

A string of small, unidentified drones flew over seven nuclear power plants owned by French energy firm EDF last month, prompting an official investigation. Aircraft are banned from airspace for three miles around nuclear plants and must not fly below 1,000m. EDF reportedly said there were no implications for the “security or the functioning” of […]