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The Past, Present, and Future of Powerline Inspection Automation
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“Tedious.” If you ask electric utilities for one word on powerline inspection, that would probably be it. “Time-consuming” and “expensive” would probably also feature. Yet, “vital” would be just as…


Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Drone Intrusions

Drones represent a classic good news/bad news scenario. The good news is great. The bad news is terrifying. On the good news front, drones can keep utility-sector workers safely on…


Five Inspections Made Easier with Drone Technology
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Today, drones equipped with sensors and cameras are proving their worth in gathering real-time footage that can be stored for later analysis. Uncrewed aerial systems can detect failing structures and…


Using Infrared Drone Technology to Inspect Solar Panels and Wind Turbines
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An East Coast industrial plant had for months experienced a significant dropoff in energy production from its 36,000-square-foot solar field. The plant’s maintenance team had been unable to find any…


In an Industry First, Xcel Energy Flies a Drone BVLOS

Xcel Energy on September 12 launched a drone to inspect electric power lines near Fort St. Vrain Generating Station in Platteville, Colorado—marking the first flight by a U.S. utility beyond visual…