Utilities

With U.S. Sen. on Hand, Utility Tests out BVLOS Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 13, 2017

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner joined Ligado Networks, the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP), Dominion Virginia Power and AeroVironment to test out the inspection of critical infrastructure using drones beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the [Read More]

Virginia Team Testing out BVLOS Drones for Power Line Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 10, 2017

This Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner will join Ligado Networks, the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, Dominion Virginia Power and AeroVironment for a simulated beyond-visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone inspection of high-voltage power lines. The test, to be conducted in [Read More]

Airobotics Green-Lighted for Pilot-Less, Autonomous Drone Flights

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 27, 2017

Following approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), Airobotics is claiming the first worldwide authorization to fly fully automated drones without a pilot. With its completely autonomous system, Airobotics says the drone enables industrial companies to leverage the [Read More]

CyPhy Works Adds UAV Services to Texas Company’s Oil and Gas Biz

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 08, 2017

Danvers, Mass.-based CyPhy Works Inc. is bringing its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services to oil and gas customers of Pilot Thomas Logistics, a Fort Worth, Texas-based provider of fuel, lubricants and chemicals to the energy, marine, mining and industrial markets [Read More]

Renewables Consultancy Adopts Drones for Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 07, 2017

Scotland-based renewables consultancy SgurrEnergy – part of the clean energy business of Wood Group, an oil and gas services company – has brought unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to its existing inspection services. Following approval from the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority [Read More]

SkySpecs, Siemens Wind Power Taking Turbine Inspections to ‘Next Level’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 28, 2017

Siemens is collaborating with unmanned inspections company SkySpecs to deploy automated drone technology for both onshore and offshore wind turbine inspections. The goal of the collaboration, according to the companies, is to develop a push-button inspection system that is faster, [Read More]

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]