|WHAT IS THE LINEFLY|
Drones for Power Line Surveying
The power transmission grid is extremely complex. There are 725,000 kilometers of distribution power lines and 258,000 kilometers of transmission lines in the United States alone, connecting electrical power plants to homes and businesses. The power grid is also evolving. Upgrades in technology now let us connect our own home-generated electricity to the grid. Governments and industry are also investing in smart grid digital technology to more efficiently manage energy resources. The smart grid project will extend the reach of the grid to access remote sources of renewable energy like geothermal power and wind farms. With our powerline inspection drones, the critical drivers for the power industry, safety and up-time can be fully addressed.
The LineFly is the world’s most efficient method for installing bird flight diverters (line markers), and this system is also the safest. It completely removes the helicopter and lineman from the installation process. The LineFly can install 24 precisely spaced (±5cm) line markers in 3 minutes with no lives being risked. The installation of bird flight diverters assists in reducing avian mortality, an area the transmission companies take very seriously. It can also assist with power line surveying, if required.
The Best Drones For Power Line Inspections
FulcrumAir uses thermal & LiDAR/RGB for facility and power line inspections. These sensors are mounted to our industry-leading E2500 UAV. The TrueView 410 uses two of these in one package (LiDAR and RGB). LiDAR and RGB data combined is used to generate a colorized pointcloud, which can be used to classify and model the wires and towers of a transmission line. These pointclouds can be analyzed to extract bare earth models, slopes, drainage, tower heights, tower models and wire models. Danger trees can also be located and counted. Future danger trees can be predicted using tree species ID, growth modelling and soil data. This data can be used for the precise use of vegetation management resources and reduce fall over contacts and subsequent fire risk. The third sensor, thermal, can be used to look for watercourses, birds, nests and wildlife. It can also be used for facility inspections to detect thermal leaks and spot inefficiencies or potential problems. The opportunity to add more specialized sensors (corona, medium format RGB, hyperspectral) exists as we can modify the E2500 to integrate the sensor and cabling requirements.
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