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August 18, 2010

Power Line Inspecting Robots by Hydro Quebec and BCTC

at 8:36 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment


Monitoring power lines can be done by people but it is a time consuming and expensive. It’s a job that needs to be done because of inventions like the Bat Hook Power Tap. Hydro-Québec Research Institute and BC Transmission Corporation have developed a robot that is capable of inspecting these lines while they are still powered. That’s not a big deal right since the power lines is a perfect platform to hang a robot from and roll along. The hitch comes when the power line is connected to the transmission tower, that is where this robot excels since it can traverse from one section of line to the next!

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9 Responses to “Power Line Inspecting Robots by Hydro Quebec and BCTC”

  1. mobile reviews Says:

    Thats a great idea, implementing power line inspection, using a robot. This is often helpful, when the power cables carry huge volts of power and no human can practically monitor or inspect the cables getting bad.

  2. John Says:

    Did anyone else find the video annoying? Every time they were about to show the robot do something interesting (ie. Traverse an insulator) it would immediately cut to some guy droning on about it. I had to quit watching after a while because the video had so many quick cuts back and forth (always away from the action)…

    Very cool robot….. incredibly frustrating video. 🙁

  3. Anu Says:

    That video is completely useless. All talking heads, and barely shows the Line Scout doing anything interesting.

  4. John Boxall Says:

    What an amazing robot. Just as long as it isn’t armed… it could be the start of the Terminators.
    Seriously, a great idea. I previously worked for an electricity distributor – this type of robot would
    save countless work hours and reduce work-related accidents. Neat!

  5. Frank Says:

    That video must have come straight from their marketing department, it’s bullshit bingo material at its finest. Clearly not suitable to demonstrate the capabilities of the robot, but just to pitch the thing to other companies.

  6. Berni Says:

    The whole video i wanted to see how it gets around the insulator at the pole and well i didn’t.

  7. Jerry Says:

    Get rid of the video unless they show the robot. This is a commercial

  8. Serge Montambault Says:

    Hi, all of you are right about the lack of technical content in the video; it is all about the business case, the benefits and the value of the technology from an end-user point-of-view. The video was produced for the the submission to the EEI Edison Award. Many technical publications are available (IEEE conferences, Journal of Field Robotics, etc.) A technical video was presented to IEEE ICRA 2010 conference. Another one will be presented to the up-coming CARPI Conference (http://www.carpi2010.org/).

  9. Whatnot Says:

    It’s nice, but to be honest I’m astounded this hasn’t been in use for 20 years already, the idea is obvious and I’m sure it has been possible to design it for many decades.
    Still, better late than never and it’s still neat and handy.

    @berni I also started the video because that seems to be the tricky part, to get around an insulator block and not fall, nor create an arc.
    Also in the demo setup it seems to bounce a lot and that’s inside and not high up in the wind, but maybe those short test wires are not under enough tension? anyway I hope it’s as reliable and usable as claimed.

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