In a first, methane-detecting drone flies out to BP rig off Shetland

In a first, methane-detecting drone flies out to BP rig off Shetland

BP has also pledged to deploy continuous methane measurement on all of its new oil and gas projects.This new technology will help us do that by detecting methane emissions in real time.

Crawling Robots, Drones Detect Damage to Save Wind Blades

Crawling Robots, Drones Detect Damage to Save Wind Blades

Sandia’s crawling robots and drones are aimed at making noninvasive internal inspection of wind blades a viable option for the industry. Sandia Senior Scientist and robotic crawler project lead Dennis Roach says that a phased array ultrasonic inspection can detect damage at any layer inside the thick, composite blades.

Sandia's crawling robots, drones detect damage to save wind blades

Sandia's crawling robots, drones detect damage to save wind blades

Sandia National Laboratories researchers use crawling robots and drones with infrared cameras to look for hidden wind blade damage to keep blades operational for longer and drive down the costs of wind energy.

First flight success for drone-sized electric aircraft

First flight success for drone-sized electric aircraft

Credit: Audrey Ingram, Ohio Federal Research Network If fully electric regional passenger jets someday fly from Cleveland to Atlanta, aviation historians will likely point out that the first successful in-air test of the battery technology making it possible happened on a frozen Dayton-area airfield in early 2019.

Kites and drones used to harness wind power could revolutionise renewable energy

Kites and drones used to harness wind power could revolutionise renewable energy

A research team at the University of Madrid are using the giant aerofoil kites used in kitesurfing to experiment with on-board energy generation, in the form of small wind-turbines mounted to the aircraft.

Renewable energy generation with kites and drones

Renewable energy generation with kites and drones

"AWES are disruptive technologies that operate at high altitudes and generate electrical energy," explains Gonzalo Sánchez Arriaga, Ramón y Cajal research fellow at the department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering at the UC3M.

Solar wings to make debut at Avalon air show

Solar wings to make debut at Avalon air show

The Lead South Australian company Praxis Aeronautics has been developing its solar UAV (un-ammed aerial vehicle) technology since 2016 and is building a demonstration drone to display at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition from February 26 to March 3.