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Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Sep 12, 2019

Drones seemed niche in application initially, but these numbers show just how impactful their implementation can be. I'd be curious to know what is actually holding other power plants back from embracing the tech

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Harjeet Johal on Sep 13, 2019

Thanks for the question! First, I think power plants tend to be risk-adverse environments, so it will always take time to adopt a new technology, no matter how promising it may be. Second, once companies start using drones in-house, sometimes there is a ramp where they first use them to take pictures of specific things on an ad-hoc basis. It may take some time to transition from using drones as essentially flying cameras to using drones as a data collection and inspection tool at scale. I think we're somewhere in that process - many companies have started using drones, but just haven't reached scale yet.

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