Industrial drones, providing solutions for different needs with their features, hardware, and software, make a difference in the energy sector. DJI Enterprise’s latest high-tech industrial drones make it easier to make critical decisions with the accurate data they gather while offering significant efficiency in terms of labor and time. Weeks-long on-site inspection and audit activities using traditional methods can be completed in as short as 1 day with drones.
DJI Enterprise, which drives technology forward each passing day with groundbreaking solutions in the industrial field, promises superior performance and efficiency to companies in the energy sector with its innovative drones launched in Turkiye under the guarantee of Bilkom. Drones gather accurate data by flying autonomously along designated routes, performing reconnaissance and inspection missions in place of controllers in challenging fields. It enables to detect of defects in power plants and transmission lines by analyzing the data it collects with easy-to-use software and to share the report with maintenance teams.
The use of drones in solar energy is becoming more and more popular
In recent years, both private companies and countries around the world have been investing more in solar energy as part of their renewable energy plans. As investments in solar energy increase, so does the growing importance of efficiency.
Broken, damaged, and malfunctioning equipment in facilities involving thousands of solar panels, spread over large areas can normally only be detected by close inspection, and this operation requires considerable labor and time. Costs are rising accordingly.
However, the active use of drones in solar farms enables companies to carry out inspection, control, and reconnaissance activities much faster than traditional methods. Drones equipped with thermal cameras can detect inoperable or defective panels much faster and prevent losses. This way, both higher efficiency and lower costs are achieved.
At the same time, solar farms are spread over very large areas and can be located in difficult-to-access places such as mountainsides, puddles, and rooftops. With the help of drones, tasks in difficult sites can be easily accomplished without jeopardizing employee safety. The risk of damaging intact panels, which is common during conventional inspections, is also mitigated with drones.
AI-based cloud capability analyzes defects quickly and accurately
Mavic 3 Enterprise series drones can easily map flight routes depending on the type and size of the solar power plant. The device can respond to changes in altitude thanks to its terrain awareness system and offers the possibility to control the entire plant automatically. The camera angle can be adjusted automatically using the flexible and stable three-axis gimbal. It always passes at right angles to the tilted solar panels, capturing infrared reflection data with high accuracy. These devices are highly capable of detecting hot spots, diode defects, and much more. They also measure how much power is lost in production and provide instructions on how to prevent it. The drone can analyze defects quickly, accurately, and automatically via AI-based cloud-enabled software. This ensures that the entire management and operation runs flawlessly. These features make it possible to complete inspections of a 500 MW solar farm in as little as 5-6 hours thanks to drones, compared to an average of 1 month with traditional methods.
The use of drones also makes a difference in wind energy plants and power transmission lines
Energy distribution is another area where DJI Enterprise drones are creating a difference in the energy sector. Actively used in 14 of Turkiye’s 21 electricity distribution zones, DJI technology enables the detection of faults in transmission lines much faster, and make solutions by analyzing the data. Emphasizing human safety, drones detect the location of the malfunction and access hard-to-reach areas such as valleys, hills, slopes, or inside forests and snow-covered spots. Conventional methods can allow inspections to be completed at an average of 3 energy transmission stations per day, but this number can rise up to 20 with drones.
Drones are making significant contributions to the electricity distribution sector as well as to wind energy-related projects, especially in improving wind turbines and their infrastructure. Drones increase the field safety of employees in the wind energy sector while reducing turbine maintenance costs, inspection costs and even minimizing downtime. Inspections and controls are carried out as the wind turbine is actively operating. This avoids disruption to production.
DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise series on duty in challenging conditions
Single-handed, compact, and mission-ready Mavic 3 Enterprise, the powerful drone series of DJI’s flagship Mavic 3 series, is designed for use in harsh industrial missions. Featuring a 56X hybrid zoom camera, the Mavic 3E offers more power and greater efficiency despite its portable design. The device maximizes mission efficiency with optimized flight time and wind resistance. The new advanced entry-level thermal drone Mavic 3T of the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced, features a high-resolution thermal sensor to quickly spot objects in situ and make insightful decisions. Also capable of operating in challenging situations such as low light or low temperature, the drone series ensures maximum efficiency and safety. Premium-featured drones of DJI Enterprise are available for sale in Turkiye with the guarantee of Bilkom.