PSEG Long Island, a power company based in New York, has introduced drones with aim to improve system reliability.
PSEG, in partnership with ULC Robotics, will use the drones to conduct inspections of power lines and other equipment involved in the maintenance of power supply.
The two companies began working together in 2016 under a large-scale pilot program with this new scheme seeing PSEG expand its drone usage even further.
John O’Connell, vice president of transmission and distribution operations at PSEG Long Island, said: “This week, we are using this innovative technology to asses a substation and right-of-way, as well as segments of our transmission and distribution system.”
He added: “Compared to using helicopters or ground-based observation, UAVs give us better data on the electric system, which directly improves system reliability and employee safety.”
In addition to routine and challenging inspections of difficult-to-access infrastructure, PSEG Long Island is preparing to integrate the use of drones into its storm and emergency response efforts, which require accurate surveys of post-storm equipment damage for crews to be properly assigned.
Watch PSEG at work with a drone here: