[Ed. note: This post was first published on October 5, 2017, and was updated on October 17, 2017, with embedded video from the DRONEWEEK television show.]
DRONEWEEK is a television program that will air on the Viceland network beginning Monday, October 9, 2017, and continuing each night throughout the week. Each episode will feature footage taken by drones—unmanned aerial vehicles—of impressive power projects from around the world.
In this episode of The POWER Podcast, Eric Gebhardt, vice president of systems and innovation for GE Power, is interviewed about some of the technology that will be featured during DRONEWEEK, which GE co-created with Viceland. This is the third year that GE has broadcast this type of footage taken using drones. The first year the company posted live footage on Periscope, and last year it did the same on Facebook. This is the first year that it will air the program on Viceland.
Each night a different energy-related theme will be the focus, and the show will include an expert panel that will discuss the featured topic of the night. On Monday, October 9, wind power will take center stage. The episode will explore the largest wind farm in Western Canada. Tuesday, solar will be the focus, with the world’s largest solar park in Dubai being one of the sites visited by drones. Wednesday, the crew visits a pumped storage hydropower station. Thursday, mobile power is shown to be a solution for some remote locations in Indonesia. And the week rounds out with an episode about data powered cities. In that show, San Diego is featured for deploying the world’s largest Smart City IoT platform, which is transforming street lighting into a connected digital infrastructure.
The shows will air at 7 p.m. on the U.S. east coast. Readers should check their local cable and satellite listings for the channel number and time in their area.
For more power podcasts, visit The POWER Podcast archives.
View footage from all five episodes in the links that follow:
Monday, October 9, 2017, The Wind Network – British Columbia:
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, The Solar Tipping Point – Dubai:
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, The Alpine Battery – Switzerland:
Thursday, October 12, 2017, Islands of Power – Indonesia:
Friday, October 13, 2017, Data Powered Cities – San Diego:
—Aaron Larson is POWER’s executive editor (@AaronL_Power, @POWERmagazine).