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Hydro-Québec helps develop new drone for high-voltage power line inspection

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DRONE VOLT, a company that specializes in embedded artificial intelligence and manufactures professional civil drones, and Hydro-Québec, an electricity producer in Canada, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to pursue industrial development and marketing of a drone designed to inspect high-voltage power lines.

The companies said that the drone will be programmed to take precise measurements on live lines using sensors that were developed at Hydro-Québec’s research center. This allows for the work to be carried out without interrupting service.

The company said that with this solution workers face fewer risks and helicopter inspections are reduced, resulting in less greenhouse gas emissions.

DRONE VOLT plans to market the drone worldwide once the industrial and commercial partnership agreement is finalized.

“For several months, DRONE VOLT’s strategy has been to focus on the inspection of power grids, and this agreement attests to our know-how in this area,” stated DRONE VOLT CEO and Chairman Olivier Gualdoni. “Moreover, Hydro-Québec, which has been carrying out various sustainable development initiatives for decades, made the decision to pursue discussions with a company that shares its values.”

Jean Matte, Senior Director of Hydro-Québec’s research center, states, “Our drone technology allows us to safely inspect high-voltage lines in a wide range of geographic and climatic conditions without compromising continuity of service. We have been testing this technology on our own facilities for some years now and it has proven its effectiveness in simplifying our activities.”