A POC mission was performed by FlyingBasket as part of a study that is being held by the Enel Group through its Global Infrastructure and Networks business line, leading international operator of electricity distribution grids worldwide”.. The purpose of the research is to evaluate sustainable alternatives that can be instituted at the process level of their energy installation projects. The POC was performed with FB3, a remotely piloted high performance electric multi-copter in the mountain regions of the province of Bolzano, where flights with metal poles and other tools & equipment, weighing between the range of 80-100kgs were transported along 1.5km distance with an elevation of 400m from the take-off point.
“For ENEL, the utilization of drones in different types of field operations related to power distribution networks is an important step towards a more efficient and sustainable grid. Collaborations with innovative partners such as FlyingBasket are showing encouraging results in the performance of our networks operations management not only from an economic standpoint but, above all, in terms of enhanced sustainable working conditions and higher environmental benefits.”, said Massimo Maffeis – Network Design, Engineering & Construction, Global Infrastructure & Networks.
Enel is a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the global power and renewables markets, as well as a main gas operator in the retail market. It is the largest European utility by ordinary EBITDA, and is present in over 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with around 88 GW of installed capacity. Enel distributes electricity through a network of over 2.2 million kilometers, and with more than 74 million end users is the 1st network operator globally1. Enel Green Power is the world’s largest renewable private player, with around 49 GW of wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower plants installed in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Enel X, Enel’s global advanced energy services business line, is the worldwide demand response leader, with a total capacity of over 6 GW managed globally; the company has installed around 100 MW of storage capacity as well as, in the electric mobility sector, about 195,000 EV charging points2 around the globe.
FlyingBasket is an Italian company based in the Dolomites, that designs, produces and operates cargo drones, with up to 100kg payload capability today. The company is focused on producing fully electric UAVs, in order to reduce the impact of large fuel-based vehicles on the environment, contributing to green aviation with their products. Within the Energy sector, moving construction materials, inspecting power lines as well as installing solar panels on high roofs can be an efficient, cost effective and safe affair with the FB3.