Belgian Grid Operator Intends to Deploy Drones for Inspection

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Elia tests drones for long-distance flights to inspect Belgium's high-voltage grid

Official Press Release Elia:

Elia tests first drone for long-distance flight

On 6 March 2018, a Delair fixed-wing drone successfully completed a demonstration flight along a 70kV high-voltage line in Sint-Truiden. The unmanned aerial vehicle took off from Droneport, an incubator for drones, and completed a 10 km flight lasting 30 minutes / The system operator wants to deploy drones to inspect Belgium's high-voltage grid, which comprises more than 5,700 km of high-voltage overhead lines. Drones can help to perform daily visual checks and assess for damage in the event of power outages

Drones for inspecting Belgium's high-voltage grid Deploying drones as 'eyes in the sky' has a number of key advantages: the current running through the high-voltage line does not need to be switched off, the inspection takes less time, and the... ... More: Official Press Release Elia

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