Cemig started an R&D project to inspect the power grid through drones. The reason for the development of the project is because the power distribution and transmission system has many circuits that travel long distances, which makes its inspection complex, as well as the identification of problems.
The initiative, which is a partnership between the company, the Foundation for Culture and Support for Research and Extension Teaching (FUNCEPE) and the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Ceará (IFCE), is part of the Research and Technological Development Program regulated by the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL). For the action, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were selected to assist in these inspections and detect possible failures in Cemig’s electrical system.
The budget is more than R$ 1 million and is in the final stages of developing a network asset detection algorithm. Cemig hopes to obtain a system that may also be useful for other companies in the electricity sector with large concession areas and that have the same characteristics and current difficulties of the company.