Following the wave of new infrastructure, how to develop inspection drones

Following the wave of new infrastructure, more and more industries are now ushering in new development opportunities, and the power grid is one of them.

Looking at the scope of new infrastructure, whether it is 5G communication, new energy charging piles, or intercity rail transit, big data centers and cities, it is inseparable from the backing of power infrastructure and networks. With the continuous deepening of new infrastructure, the demand for power grids is also increasing, and flexible, intelligent and digital upgrades have become the only way.

Based on this, on June 16, State Grid Corporation of China also released the key construction tasks of “digital new infrastructure” in Beijing, and signed strategic cooperation agreements with large domestic Internet companies. It plans to focus on new infrastructure in 2020, with a total investment of 24.7 billion yuan for The digital upgrade of the traditional power grid has driven social investment to exceed the estimated 100 billion yuan.

In this context, the advancement of the new digital infrastructure project of the State Grid will not only affect the power grid industry itself, but also bring a huge boost to the development of related emerging industries, including the increasingly popular unmanned power inspections in recent years. machine industry.

As we all know, power inspection has always been a necessary link to ensure the normal operation and maintenance of power. However, due to the wide distribution of power grids, on the one hand, manual inspection needs to travel through mountains and rivers, which is inconvenient and difficult to ensure safety; on the other hand, the inspection efficiency and coverage are not high, and the cost is quite high. Therefore, in recent years, relying on drones for power inspection has become more and more mainstream.

With the digital upgrade and transformation of the power grid industry, it means that the synchronous upgrade of inspection operations must also be promoted, and the automated and intelligent development of power inspections must be accelerated. Under this trend, a new blue ocean market for intelligent inspection will also be born simultaneously, and intelligent inspection drones will usher in huge development opportunities.

At present, although the application of power inspection drones is very popular due to the advantages of high inspection efficiency, low comprehensive cost, and good security, since 2014, the State Grid has also begun to promote the use of drones in power inspection operations. Applications. Today, drone inspection operations have become an important part of the lean assessment indicators of State Grid transmission lines.

However, as an intelligent upgrade direction of power inspection, this form is far from being popularized on a large scale, and there is still room for further optimization. For example, in the process of drone inspection, affected by the stability of the drone and the quality and professionalism of the camera, the shooting effect is different, and the validity and consistency of the collected data is not good. In addition, the endurance of drones also needs to be improved.

Based on this, in the face of new opportunities, the future development of UAV inspection needs to be upgraded and developed in three aspects:

One is to speed up the technological breakthrough of inspection drones. Through the comprehensive improvement of the core technology of the drone’s own components, 5G and other supporting technologies and material technology, the flight stability, shooting accuracy, environmental adaptability, application flexibility, load endurance, etc. of the drone are further enhanced. Thereby ensuring the quality of inspection and improving the efficiency of inspection.

The second is to improve the drone inspection operation specifications. In the process of drone inspection, various safety accidents, air disturbance accidents or ecological environment damage may be caused due to improper operation and other problems. In this context, the industry needs to issue more operating norms and systems, refine various operating procedures, enhance product standards and application management, and ensure operational safety.

The third is to implement the training of inspection drone talents. At this stage, there is still a huge gap in UAV talents in my country, and there is a shortage of UAV compound talents in inspection. Therefore, my country still needs to solve the problem of lack of talents, improve the quality of existing inspection personnel, and accelerate the development of drones through the improvement of the talent training mechanism.

All in all, driven by the 100 billion project of the State Grid, the time for the development of inspection drones has come. In the future, as long as our country constantly discovers the advantages of drones in their own inspections to make up for the shortcomings of the industry, we can usher in a new situation.

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