Drones restore power in Puerto Rico [VIDEO]
Hundreds of energy workers have been trying to restore power in Puerto Rico since the devastation of Hurricane Maria. But they have faced the challenge of stringing lines within the territory's mountain terrain. This is where the drones come in.
Duke Energy is one of the first operators in the United States to use a drone to re-string power lines. The energy company has been using drones since 2015 to inspect solar panels, wind turbines, transmission lines and other structures using drones. But the company's drone team decided to use the devices after a project in Indiana where the only option for stringing the line was by helicopter.
“It made our jobs easier, more efficient and a lot safer because now we don’t have to put humans in the ravines and gorges to try to find the old wire,” Rufus Jackson, said Duke Energy's vice president of distribution, construction and maintenance. “Basically we have the new pre-line hung up, and now we have something to connect to and finish the restoration.”