How Energy and Infrastructure Industries are Using UAVs

A curious pattern emerged in late May, as sobering images surfaced of the tornado damage sustained in Southwest Ohio: aerial footage of the impacted neighborhoods permeated the news. As demand grows for substantial data in realtime, especially in circumstances which are punctuated by dangerous terrains, materials, or weather.  UxV control solutions, such as Kinesis Enterprise, equip users to remotely assess and navigate remote facilities and terrains through cloud connectivity, intuitive controls, and multi-domain unmanned systems.

With the goal of minimizing hazardous situations through cutting-edge technologies, Kinesis Enterprise redefines best practices surrounding safety, efficiency, and affordability.

Energy and Safety

As far as mainstream adoption goes, drones are still in their infancy.  However, they have quickly made their presence known in the energy sector. When asked if UAVs bring value to managing Duke Energy’s power plants and distribution systems, Jacob Velky, manager of UAS, Aviation Services said this:

“Absolutely…unmanned aerial vehicles offer a great alternative to traditional methods, reducing the need for employees to work at heights or in confined spaces.”

Inspections of these plants, which are required to be conducted annually, traditionally take up to two weeks to complete. Given that drones have the unique quality of reducing operation costs, inspection times, and safety risks, it’s no surprise that managers like Velky are flocking to drone-based solutions, consequently, reducing inspection times to a fraction.

Solar Energy

UAV’s are redefining the ways leaders in wind and solar power assess their business models. Consider solar energy, as society races towards cleaner and greener energy sources, the traditional methods of surveying land and potential locations for solar farms are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Drone-based solutions boast a 90% accelerated rate of efficiency within the land development, operations, and management of solar farms.

Wind Energy

Pilots have traditionally played a critical role in the wind energy sector. When surveying wind farms or turbines blades, data needs to be analyzed 300+ feet off the ground. Careers in wind energy alone are expected to grow up to 108% by 2024, the demand for pilots, however, is dwindling.

Wind turbine inspection is a laborious and hazardous process. Coupled with the fact that traditional photography from the ground yields poor results, solutions are needed that reduce safety concerns and operation costs while increasing data quality and inspection rates.

Drones now have the capability of detecting erosion, defects, and abnormalities of turbine blades via infrared camera inspection. Through the combination of ROS software, cutting edge AI, and advanced hardware, rich data is gathered and synthesized, setting new standards on data quality and collection.

Tornadoes

In the 4th worst month for tornadoes ever recorded, the task to assess the damage is critical and overwhelming. Traditional efforts of surveying property damage do not meet the growing demand for real-time data and information. Drones are quickly being adopted in the efforts to assess the wake of destruction and critically damaged areas, allowing for better-informed decisions as they relate to recovery and aid.

Not only are UAV’s used to understand the consequences of tornadoes, but initiatives like the TORUS research project are also launching large-scale efforts through drone-based solutions to analyze tornadoes in real-time in order to better understand formation and destructions patterns before they even occur.

Kinesis

Kinesis Enterprise meets the growing need for innovation within autonomous missions. Kinesis equips users to navigate and automate hazardous tasks through the coordinated efforts of advanced hardware, sophisticated software, and unprecedented scalability. 

Kinesis makes incorporating robotics into your workflow easy, both for autonomous and tele-operated applications, with a common interface shared across your workstation and mobile devices. For more information about Kinesis, visit our website at https://tomahawkrobotics.com/.

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