Unión Fenosa bets on drones to check power lines

Union Fenosa drone

Union Fenosa, a subsidiary of the large multinational Gas Natural Fenosa, has just announced that, after testing and developing a series of specific drones for these tasks, they will finally set up a department where workers will be trained to use unmanned aircraft as an auxiliary tool in the revision of lines, circuits and electrical supports. In this way, from now on, these aircraft will be in charge of reviewing the work carried out to date by a series of operators mounted on helicopters.

According to Unión Fenosa itself, since this work is being carried out with drones, no less than 40 high voltage circuits have been reviewed with almost 550 kilometers of power lines and more than 2.600 supports in Ciudad Real alone. If we leave this province, in the rest of the autonomous community of Castilla la Mancha these data grow considerably until reaching the more than 80 high voltage circuits, more than 1.000 kilometers of power lines and more than 5.000 supports.

Unión Fenosa updates its line review service including drones

As the company has revealed, this work can now be done by just two people, a qualified and certified operator who is in charge of piloting the drone and a company operator whose job is to manage all the information collected by the drone by entering possible incidents in the company's database.

Being interested in the drone used, tell you that we are facing a development of its own since the model has to rise about 50 meters in order to carry out the revisions to the power lines and the turrets by zooming in on them. In addition to this, the device has been equipped with different sensors with which to store both the information in both visual and term formats. According to Unión Fenosa, thanks to the use of these systems, increase productivity by 20% reducing costs by 30%.

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