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WE’VE HELPED THE UK'S LEADING ENERGY ORGANISATIONS ADOPT DRONES

Meet George Burne

UAV Strategist – Drone Inspection in the Energy Sector

George has helped organisations like Severn Trent Water, Magnox and TEXO improve business efficiency by providing a 360° drone solution. George’s expertise lies in reducing risk, improving the data collected and cutting operational costs by using a drone solution where possible alongside traditional inspection methods.

Drone adopters across the energy sector report project times are now counted in days rather than weeks, the quality of inspection is higher, and asset down-time is much less now they can deploy drones quickly.

 

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SOLAR PANEL INSPECTION

With an average of 4-5 acres needed to produce 1MW of power (enough to power around 650 homes), there’s going to be a definite need for solar farms to be built on a large scale.

APPLICATIONS
  • Surveying and planning the build of a Solar Panel Farm
  • Site progress of the Solar Panel Farm
  • Automate Drone Flights for regular Solar Panel inspections
  • Detailed reports on the condition of the Solar Farm Panels
  • Regular solar panel drone inspections using thermal imaging cameras
  • Identifying cell damage and hot spots of panels not performing
  • Prevent Solar Farm assets from being damaged

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ONSHORE & OFFSHORE WIND FARM INSPECTION

There are 8,600 onshore wind turbines and 35 offshore wind farms in the UK currently, and with the government planning to quadruple wind power by 2030, there will be many more to come.

APPLICATIONS
  • Fast and detailed inspections of giant wind turbines
  • Drone inspections of smaller domestic wind turbines
  • Increased efficiency, inspect 6 times faster than by manual inspection
  • Reduced risk to workers inspecting the turbine
  • Detailed data recordings and reports for stakeholders
  • Plan regular inspections autonomously

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DRONES INSPECTIONS FOR WAVE POWER

The lesser-known cousin of solar and wind power generation, harnessing wave power is another important aspect in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.

APPLICATIONS
  • Fast and detailed inspections open water inspections
  • Only one operator and drone required for an inspection
  • Increased efficiency and reduced risk to workers inspecting the turbine
  • Detailed data recordings and reports for stakeholders
  • Plan regular inspections autonomously

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Indoor remote radiation sensing and mapping 

Flyability have recently announced the launch of the Elios 2 RAD – which already builds on a successful fleet of Elios drones. When operating a nuclear station, understanding where and to what extent radiation is present is a daily preoccupation. Elios 2 RAD offers indoor remote radiation sensing that allows you to safely measure and map nuclear radiation anywhere inside your nuclear station from a non-contaminated zone.

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Sellafield

"For us as a site, there is so much going on every day. To put scaffolding around a building, there is so many restrictions in access, the downtime on a plant when we have schedules to stick to, by using scaffolding it takes a lot of time. When we can get a drone in and out in 30 minutes, it reduces our downtime massively. It saves people going up at heights, which links to our strategic site objectives – safer, faster and cost effectiveness!”

EDF Energy

“Using the drone has also given us an extent of condition report and simplified the process of the inspection. Inspections at height or in confined spaces now only require a quick inspection of the drone before deploying so it’s much quicker than traditional methods.”

Networx3

"With drones we can either prevent people working in these dangerous environments, or we can use the drone as a back-up and a support mechanism for the team that’s on the ground. Instead of relying on a rigging crew and thousands of pounds a day to access a tower why not send a drone up safely and review the condition without putting anyone at risk."

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DRONES IN ENERGY SUMMIT

Join Coptrz UAV Strategist George Burne as he is joined by speakers from Sellafield, Networx3, Northumbria Water and Severn Trent in this energy summit at COPTRZ CON 2021.

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DRONE LAWS & REGULATIONS 2021

Confused about the new drone regulations? Here is your complete guide by our Head of Drone Training Harry Crawford.

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  • How are drones being used to inspect wind turbines?

  • How can drones be used in renewable energy?

  • Why should you bring your drone solution in-house?

  • Are drones competing with traditional inspection methods such as rope access?

  • This sounds great, but what type of budget would I need to introduce a drone solution?