Moneycontrol
Feb 16, 2017 02:22 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Power Grid keen to buy more drones after successful initial run

The public sector company began trials of the drones in April last year, and satisfied with the initial run, is now set to procure more such drones. It had bought four drones then -- two of these are in deployed Kolkata and one each in Bhiwadi and the company‘s corporate centre in Gurugram, both in Haryana.

Power Grid keen to buy more drones after successful initial run
Dhirendra Tripathi
Moneycontrol

Power Grid Corporation of India has found success with drones giving it timely updates on faults in its transmission lines, helping the central transmission utility respond in a quick time while making necessary repairs.

The public sector company began trials of drones in April last year, and satisfied with the initial run, is now set to procure more such drones. It had bought four drones then -- two of these are deployed in Kolkata and one each in Bhiwadi and the company’s corporate centre in Gurugram, both in Haryana.  

The company’s operations are administratively divided into 10 regions and each will get two drones. Meaning, the company will buy 16 more drones. The cost of each drone varies from Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh as per specifications and are supplied by Indian vendors.  

“The current focus is on fault-specific surveillance. The idea is to detect defects at the incipient stage in transmission lines and respond quickly. The drones are equipped with ultra HD cameras which can take high resolution close-up photographs and videos of towers and their components. It can monitor an area of 5 km in a single flight,” a Power Grid official told Moneycontrol.

The result of drone testing is good news for Power Grid which faces 'right of way’ issues all the time while laying transmission lines. Maintenance and repair of those lines and towers is an onerous task – its labour having to go up several hundreds of feet sometimes to manually check the infrastructure.
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