Energinet is a non-profit organization operating 6,800 kilometres of electricity supply grid in Denmark. In recent years, Energinet has come to rely increasingly on drone inspections for the maintenance of power lines.
Energinet.dk is a non-profit organization under the Danish Ministry of Energy, operating 6,800 kilometres of electricity supply grid in Denmark and ensuring that the electricity supply is kept operational both in the short term and in the long run. In recent years, Energinet.dk has come to rely increasingly on drone inspections for the maintenance of power lines, and the Scopito software platform has proven to be a valuable tool for this kind of work.
Mads Lykke Pedersen, who is in charge of inspecting all power lines in Jutland, explains: “Drone inspections are a clever, safe and cost-effective way of doing power line inspections, but they tend to generate vast numbers of images. In fact, once you’re done with an inspection run, you can have thousands of images on your drive. This is not very useful unless you can somehow tag and sort these images in a useful way. We use Scopito for this.”
In the case of the power lines crossing the Limfjord in Northern Jutland, the power of the Scopito platform became evident. Using drones, Energinet.dk managed to capture thousands of images of power lines crossing the water at a height of almost 100 meters without the need for cranes or for interruptions to the power supply.
“For instance, we found damage from lightning strikes that we could inspect at our leisure using the images captured by the drones,” says Mads Lykke Pedersen. “And because the images were GPS-tagged, we could pinpoint precisely where the problems were, which will make it much easier and more cost-effective to perform the necessary repairs when we have to.”