The first test took area Thursday, September 28, 2017 near Cahors.

        

    

    

Cédric Sanchez is driving the drone around the ability line. lends by itself well “ explains Guillaume Ponnier, in charge of the experiment conducted by Enedis (community utility that manages the distribution of energy) though a odd machine flies around a ability line north of Cahors, in between Saint- Henri and St-Pierre-Lafeuille, on Thursday, September 28. The device in query is a drone, employed in an experimental section to overfly ability lines that are difficult to obtain in get to detect from the sky any anomalies known as “doubtful details” and which could deliver energy outages if they are not repaired.

Line visits are produced each and every calendar year working with a helicopter that detects anomalies on the medium voltage network. Then ground crews are tasked to detect the challenge, at times in incredibly difficult places of obtain, in advance of arranging and planning the routine maintenance and routine maintenance of the network. The drone hence serves as a “3rd eye” to have an additional stage of watch from the sky, without the obstacle of accessibility. The craft can fly at a hundred and fifty meters altitude and has a selection of 1 km. A drone is at this time in experimental section on the five departments of Enedis Nord Midi-Pyrénées: Aveyron, Whole lot, Lozère, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne. A technician, a multi-objective electrician of Enedis previously mentioned all, has been experienced in the dealing with of products but also in aeronautical policies, because the piloting of a drone is not carried out lightly, stringent policies must be highly regarded and demands in prefecture sounds at times essential. This telepilot, in the particular person of Cédric Sanchez, obtained a 4-thirty day period training and mastered the drone to perfection working with a huge joystick and a pill. He guides and can approach incredibly near to the lines to make photos with the drone which will give indications to the complex teams in charge of the repairs. Nonetheless, it can not fly in winds of additional than 40 km / h, rain or frost

Cedric Sanchez is driving the drone previously mentioned the ability line.

For Enedis, it saves a lot of time because it facilitates network diagnosis in difficult-to-attain places. All through this first flight, it took a moment for the drone to attain the electric powered pole to be controlled, rather of twenty minutes for a team on the ground. It is a obtain of revenue also in spite of its charge (1 800 € for the drone alone, a model “Phantom Pro 4”, 4 000 € add-ons included without formation of the telepilot), the drone currently being ready to substitute the flights of lines in helicopter. It can also be handy for management through pruning functions or to locate obtain to the intervention teams on the ground with an aerial viewpoint.

If the Whole lot gains from the first exit of the drone in advance of it is tested until the conclude of the calendar year in the five départements, it is a software currently employed in other areas of France, especially in mountainous places wherever obtain to ability lines is not uncomplicated.

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