Robots Solving Climate Change - AlleyWatch

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The two biggest societal challenges for the twenty-first century are also the biggest opportunities โ€“ automation and climate change. The epitaph of fossil fuels with its dark cloud burning a hole in the ozone layer is giving way to a rise of solar and wind farms worldwide. Servicing these plantations are fleets of robots and drones, providing greater possibilities of expanding CleanTech to the most remote regions of the planet.


Robots solving climate change

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The two biggest societal challenges for the twenty-first century are also the biggest opportunities โ€“ automation and climate change. The epitaph of fossil fuels with its dark cloud burning a hole in the ozone layer is giving way to a rise of solar and wind farms worldwide. Servicing these plantations are fleets of robots and drones, providing greater possibilities of expanding CleanTech to the most remote regions of the planet.


How are Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Reshaping the Energy Industry in Europe? - Commercial UAV News

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DNV GL operates globally across a range of industries to provide trust and help stakeholders understand and manage risks. The company has over 2,200 experts providing advice for renewable generation, transmission, distribution and energy management and efficiency. The work they do ranges from testing high voltage grid components to bankability assessments to allow solar farms to be financed. Their latest research showcases the insight related to how drone technology and computer vision can help with inspections while also providing a global outlook to 2050. We wanted to learn more about the energy innovations DNV GL is exploring and utilizing, so we talked with Elizabeth Traiger, Senior Researcher, Power & Renewables DK & GB at DNV GL โ€“ Energy.


Video Friday: ANYmal in Davos, ISS Robot Upgrade, and WALK-MAN's Soft Hands

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):


Utilities in Europe to use long-distance drones for inspections

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Prototypes of BVLOS drones, so called because they travel "beyond the visual line of sight" of operators, are being tested by Italy's Snam, Europe's largest gas utility, and EDF's network subsidiary, RTE in France. Snam told Reuters they have been doing field-testing with BVLOS drones in the Apennine hills around Genoa. It hopes to have it scouting a 20 kilometer (12.4 miles) stretch of pipeline soon. RTE has also been testing a long-distance drone that have flown 50 kilometers (31 miles) inspecting transmission lines and sending back data that allowed technicians to create a virtual model of a section of the grid. The Ivorian Electricity Company (CIE) is using drones to revolutionise the inspection of its infrastructure SIA KAMBOU, AFP/File At the present time, utilities are using helicopters equipped with cameras for inspecting their power grids, and in some cases use "basic" drones that stay within the sight of operators for inspections.