Power discom of the national capital, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), has become the first power utility in the country to deploy micro drones for the maintenance of its network. Small-sized drones, weighing less than 2 kg, with a flying capacity of below 200 feet are being used by the discom to patrol 66 and 33 KV transmission lines in north and north west Delhi areas.
“With this project, we are exploring and developing the applicability of drones in power distribution sector. Usage of drones for maintenance will not only help us reduce the downtime, but also give us better insights for future projects,” TPDDL CEO Sanjay Banga said.
The drones are equipped with integrated thermal vision camera to render infrared radiations, LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) capability to measure distances with the use of laser lights, and high resolution camera for electrical asset inspection. Read More
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