New Delhi: The BSES discoms have adopted novel ways to monitor faults in transformers and power lines across the National Capital. They have deployed drones which will patrol the power network and will scrutinise faults.
These drones will be equipped with ultra-modern infrared thermo scanning technique and high resolution cameras. With these capabilities, the drones will be able to keep a vigil on transformers, feeders, grid stations, cables and capacitors.
The drones have the capability to find out excessive heating in equipment. Also, they would be able to make out the changes in shape and colour of the equipment.
After making out the fault, the drones will take pictures of the affected equipment and send it to BSES control room. After receiving the photo, the control room will immediately act on the affected equipment.
It is believed that use of drones will be very effective as they will be able to rule out the chances of big faults in the equipment. It will help in improving the power supply to the residents living in the city as they would be getting uninterrupted power supply. The 42 lakh consumers of BSES discoms will be benefited by the move.
Moreover, the drones will also help in checking the rampant practice of power theft in the city. They will be used to find out illegal connections from the power cables.
They would be used to do mapping of the electricity poles and submit the data to the discoms. It will help the engineers to reach to the poles where problems happen. The drones would scan the roofs where solar power plants can be installed.
In the first phase, the drones have been deployed at East Delhi's Patparganj and Vivek Vihar areas.