The Elios Drone by Flyability has been tested to 800 R/H of radiation, a move which could increase nuclear safety.
Elios is used to prevent sending humans to perform visual inspections in radioactive environments, increasing workplace safety.
Among the most successful public use cases of Elios, a major US energy producer saved half a million dollars in loss of production in a single flight.
The producer sent the drone to check for a suspected leakage in the basement of a reactor while under operation without exposing its workers to radiation.
Elios is used in the nuclear industry across five different countries and works with more than 30% of all US nuclear plants.
Elios has also been successfully deployed to inspect a tank in the primary cooling circuit of a nuclear plant in Europe.
Exelon PowerLabs coordinated the testing of the Elios at one of Exelon’s nuclear sites, which regularly tests equipment for use in nuclear plants.
Colbey Ryan, business development manager at Exelon PowerLabs, said: “Exelon PowerLabs is helping drive innovation and the use of new technologies at nuclear energy facilities. By using drones and other forms of advanced technologies, nuclear plants can operate more efficiently, reliably and safely.”
The test conducted by Exelon PowerLabs consisted of incremental increases of radiation exposure to the Elios while in operation up to 800 R/H.
Commonly used with X-Rays, R/H is a unit used to measure the levels of exposure to radiation.