Cyberhawk secures drone maintenance contract with US utility

The drone-based inspection firm won the contract for the work in California through a competitive tender process

ABB’s submersible robots ‘halve cost of transformer maintenance’

The technology firm has used its submersible robotic technology to help silicon producer Simcoa Operations safely, quickly and efficiently inspect one of the two power transformers its manufacturing facility relies upon

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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Severn Trent uses Uber drivers to look at water leaks

The drivers sent images to the company’s engineers, who then dispatched appropriate staff to fix issues

Could ‘robotic ant’ solar tech put humans out of a job?

Osoji Solar seems to think so – it says its dust-cleaning devices could significantly boost solar efficiency

Is Northern Powergrid’s new eco-paint a stroke of genius?

The DNO says its sustainable paint provides an alternative to polluting, white spirit-based options

‘Flying drones and AI could replace weak link in maintenance – humans’

A new report suggests these technologies could dramatically speed up inspection of turbine blades and power transmission equipment

SSEN says ‘leaf it out’ to trees damaging the grid

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has started using innovative 3D laser scanning technology mounted on helicopters to survey its overhead electricity network. The distribution company uses the equipment, referred to as LiDAR, to scan how close trees are to power lines – this data is then used to carry out preventative works designed to […]

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 […]

Humber to host £2m offshore wind centre of excellence

The Humber region is to host a new £2 million centre for offshore wind operations and maintenance. It will be based at the University of Hull, with its researchers working alongside the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s innovation team. The five-year partnership will see a series of research and innovation projects developed to improve the […]