Utilities

FAA, Xcel Energy Partner to Advance UAS for Utility Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

In an effort to research the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for inspecting critical infrastructure, Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The agreement involves using UAS to inspect more than 20,000 miles of [Read More]

O&G Giant Signs up for Drone Inspections via Sky-Futures

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

International oil and gas (O&G) company Eni has secured a three-year contract with Sky-Futures, which provides drone-based inspection services to global industrial markets. Italy-based Eni, one of the largest global operators in the energy sector, operates in 66 countries. Sky-Futures [Read More]

Power Company Expanding Drone Inspections to 17 Countries

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 07, 2017

Drone as a Service operator Measure has announced a new strategic partnership with The AES Corp., which will be using Measure’s services to remotely inspect energy infrastructure globally. AES, a Fortune 200 global power company, provides sustainable energy to 17 [Read More]

Cyberhawk Touts Success for Drones in Wind Power

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Citing increased demand from both domestic and international markets, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspections company Cyberhawk Innovations is reporting 12 months of success within its wind power division. Headquartered in Livingston, Scotland, the company also has bases in Houston, the [Read More]

U.S., Canada Utilities Put UAV to Work at Niagara Ice Boom

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 27, 2017

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Canadian utility Ontario Power Generation (OPG) recently deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to inspect an ice boom between Lake Erie and the Niagara River. The test with OPG – using one of [Read More]

English Water Company Puts UAS to the Test for Leakage Detection

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 25, 2017

U.K.-based Anglian Water Services Ltd. has begun trialing thermal imaging drones to detect leaking water pipes. With nearly 24,000 miles of water pipes to keep an eye on – much of it in rural and remote areas – the company [Read More]

New York State Electric and Gas Corp. Brings in Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 20, 2017

New York State Electric and Gas Corp. (NYSEG), a subsidiary of Avangrid, is currently deploying drones to conduct routine inspections of transmission lines in several communities in the Binghamton, Ithaca and Oneonta areas of New York State. The unmanned aircraft [Read More]

University-Utility Partnership Goes Big on Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus and Kansas-based power company Westar Energy say they are increasingly using drone technology to advance electric utility inspection and maintenance methods. With a focus on increasing reliability for customers, improving employee safety and reducing costs, [Read More]

Drones in Energy: Firm Improves Safety, Efficiency and Bottom Line

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

By using Identified Technologies’ drone services, Keystone was able to survey six well pads in a single day and receive the data in near real time.

N.D. Drone Company OK’d for Night Flying; Utility Signs Up Right Away

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 16, 2016

Grand Forks, N.D.-based SkySkopes has inked permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at night. The flight services firm completed its first set of nighttime operations on Nov. 10 in cooperation with Minneapolis-based Xcel [Read More]

Wanted: U.S. Energy Company Seeks Unmanned Solutions

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 07, 2016

The AES Corp. is launching an open innovation contest targeted at improving the safety and increasing the availability of power plants through unmanned inspections in extreme heat. AES, a Fortune 200 global power company, provides energy to 17 countries through [Read More]

Nevada Utility Completes UAS Pilot Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 02, 2016

With the help of several partners, Nevada-based NV Energy has completed an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilot program to inspect, collect and analyze data on sections of the utility’s transmission and distribution lines. NV Energy says all of the flights [Read More]

Verizon Goes with Drones for Critical Inspections After Hurricane Matthew

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 17, 2016

Verizon is using drones to help with cell site inspections in North Carolina and South Carolina to survey areas impacted by severe flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Washington, D.C.-based Measure is using a quadcopter to inspect cell sites in difficult-to-reach locations, [Read More]

AT&T Uses UAS to Get You Ready – and Connected – for Some Football

Written by Betsy Lillian on October 06, 2016

Using its proprietary EchoBOT technology on board an unmanned aircraft system, the telecommunications giant says it can “track in-stadium networks” more efficiently.

General Electric Has a New Drone in the Works: the Raven

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 05, 2016

GE has unveiled a prototype drone designed to help reduce environmental impact and improve operational efficiency in the oil and gas industry.

Texas Utility Brings in UAVs, Image-Pattern Software for Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 05, 2016

Austin Energy – a publicly owned electric utility and a department of the City of Austin, Texas – is using drones in a research project to test image-pattern recognition software to detect worn and damaged equipment. The unmanned aerial vehicles [Read More]

Hawaii Utilities Say Aloha to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 03, 2016

The Hawaiian Electric Cos. have begun to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for a variety of inspections, including for storm response. The Hawaiian Electric Cos. – Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light – provide electricity for 95% of [Read More]

Artificial Intelligence-Powered Drone Could Bring Autonomy to ‘Next Level’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 29, 2016

An automated inspection by an intelligent drone with deep-learning capabilities was demonstrated today by Aerialtronics, a Dutch unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer; Neurala, a creator of deep-learning software; and NVIDIA, a creator of GPU-accelerated computing. Taking place at the GPU [Read More]

Sacramento Municipal Utility District Goes With UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 28, 2016

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in California is partnering with PrecisionHawk to acquire aerial imagery for routine maintenance in monitoring and analyzing electric overhead transmission facilities and vegetation along rights-of-way in Sacramento and El Dorado counties. At yesterday’s demonstration, [Read More]

Lufthansa Forms UAS Partnership with Wind Power Company

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 23, 2016

The Nordex Group, a German wind turbine manufacturer, has formed a partnership with Lufthansa Aerial Services (LAS) for unmanned aircraft system (UAS)-supported inspections of wind turbines. According to Nordex, an important part of the technology is being able to conduct [Read More]