Renewable Energy Infrastructure
In all aspects of renewable energy from solar to wind and even hydroelectric, there is massive potential for the use of drones. This game-changing technology has tremendous benefits that can make renewable energy an even more viable source of energy than it already is. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services can be implemented at a small or large scale for safety, security, maintenance, and more.
With approximately $100 billion being spent annually on operations and maintenance of transmission lines alone, using drones to gain improvements in efficiency can have a massive impact.
UAV Applications for Renewable Energy
There are several benefits that utilities and renewable energy companies can realize by employing drones to supplement their operational functions. Notable benefits include:
- Reduce the number of time workers spend in dangerous situations
- Limit the hours key personnel are away from integral operations
- Reduce measurement errors
- Simplify the maintenance of existing systems
- Quickly detect malfunctions or vulnerable components
- Enable and schedule faster repairs
Types of Energy Infrastructure that Benefit from UAVs
Renewable energy is quickly becoming mainstream, and the industry can benefit greatly from access to advanced technology to make the production of this clean energy source viable from both a financial and capacity aspect. There are virtually limitless applications for each energy source. Below is a brief outline of how Halkin can help this type of infrastructure.
Solar Arrays: Infrared cameras can detect malfunctioning panels allowing for immediate repairs. The accuracy and scope of detection are infinitely better than previous methods.
Wind Farms: Get close-up 3D images of wind blades to see imperfections without having to stop them to get a closer look. In the past, workers would have to repel from ropes, a risky endeavor that required an equipment shutdown as well.
Hydroelectric: Dam safety inspection is enhanced with the use of UAVs. In addition to increased safety levels, inspections can now be performed at a fraction of the cost.
Ethanol Plants: The ethanol industry is undergoing rapid innovation, particularly in implementing UAV solutions. Growing demand for ethanol fuels means that plant owners can benefit from automated surveillance, 3D mapping, and other imaging technologies provided by Halkin.
Waste to Energy Plants: This form of energy production can have rapid temperature fluctuations that can be immediately detectable and actionable with UAV technology.
Other Benefits of UAV Technology
Halkin offers real-time surveillance and mapping of areas affected by natural disasters. This allows utility companies to assess damage, schedule and prioritize repairs, and deploy personnel as needed. The cost and time savings are incredible.
Another benefit of this technology is the ability to use drone technology as on-demand surveillance. This security measure provides peace-of-mind and can prevent epic national and global disasters.
Types of Anomalies Detected by UAVs
- Faulty solar cells
- Coating deterioration
- Missing parts
- “Hot” electrical equipment
- Corrosion and rust
- Missing and broken welds
- Cracked or degraded critical metal
- Warping and heat stress
- Excess heat or cold leaks
- Insulation defects
Investors in renewable energy companies and applications are keen to realize a return on their investment while also ensuring that their organizations are poised for long-term success. Contact Halkin to see how we can assist in gathering data and reporting capabilities.