Electricity Company of Ghana to use drones for network inspections

first_imgECG is optimistic that the inclusion of the drone system in their operations will improve efficiency, reliability of power supply to customers and modernising of operations and thereby position the company to become a leading utility service provider, it says in a statement. “Drones and artificial intelligence are rapidly becoming vital tools in the operations of transmission and distribution utilities because of their ability to provide access to difficult locations on powerlines for the purposes of carrying out inspections without creating outages,” says ECG MD Kwame Agyeman-Budu. Electricity Company of Ghana to use drones network inspections. Image: ECG. The Electricity Company of Ghana has deployed 15 drones to monitor its networks. The drones will be used to conduct routine inspections to identify the encroachment of vegetation. BRICS TAGSdistribution networksECGGhana Previous articleSouth Africa weighs big block nuclear vs small modular reactorsNext articleMozambique launches the construction of second solar power plant Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. The technology will also be used to undertake thermal monitoring to locate any hot spots on the networks so that these can be promptly rectified. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The specialist survey drones from the Swiss manufacturer Wingtra can travel up to 8km distant from the operator and remain in the air for up to one hour. Finance and Policy AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Source: Smart Energy International. Generation In addition, they will be used to verify the completion of works and to undertake route mapping for the construction of new lines. Read more:Is grid modernisation success hidden in data analytics?How to enable network resilience UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development The use of the drones is expected to significantly reduce the risk of injury to personnel and to reduce both the time and costs of undertaking inspections. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA last_img read more