Flylogix drone surveillance for National Grid protects new subsea electric connection

Ed Clay and Charles Tavner prepares for the Flylogix drone mission for National Grid surveillance

British technology and aviation business, Flylogix, has successfully completed of a series of drone operations in the Solent and Channel to provide live video of National Grid’s Interconnexion France-Angleterre 2 (IFA2) electric cable installation.

The aim was to help coordinate maritime response to threats to the cable.

Flylogix safely conducted the BVLOS operations in a broad range of weather conditions in one of the most congested marine and aviation areas in the UK.  

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IFA2 is National Grid’s second electricity subsea interconnector to France and is a joint venture with French System Operator RTE.

Once live, it will provide an additional 1GW of capacity – enough electricity to power a million homes and play a vital role in decarbonising the UK’s energy system.

Charles Tavner, Flylogix’s chairman, commented: “We are delighted to be providing National Grid’s IFA2 project live intelligence at costs that are more than an order of magnitude lower than similar capability from the major military contractors.”

Adrian Morris, project manager at National Grid, added: “At IFA2, we know that working with local businesses such as Flylogix can bring great benefits to the project and the community. We have worked with the company to start to develop an innovative solution which can help coordinate offshore safety and help ensure that projects can be completed without incident to the public and commercial water users.”

Interconnectors deliver secure and affordable electricity and will play a critical role in tomorrow’s cleaner and smarter energy systems.

By 2025 almost 90 percent of electricity imported via interconnectors will be from zero-carbon sources with enough flexible capacity to power a third of homes in the UK.

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