HYCOPTER Drones to Begin Safety Inspection of Hydropower Dams in
CURITIBA, Brazil & AUSTIN, Texas & SINGAPORE — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 5, 2019 — H3 Dynamics has partnered with Curitiba-based EPH Engineering in Brazil, a firm that specializes in hydropower design, dam inspections and safety plans, to launch a turnkey dam inspection solution that combines AI-enabled damage assessment and HYCOPTER fuel cell drones capable of flying 3.5 hours at a time.
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HYCOPTER hydrogen drones fly 3.5 hours at a time using fuel cells from HES Energy Systems (Photo: Business Wire)
With over 5,000 dams submitted to the Brazilian Dam Safety Plan, and two recent collapse incidents causing more than 300 deaths and major environmental damage, Brazilian authorities have tightened inspection and upkeep requirements in the country.
“Many accident reports show that problems were not detected by instrumentation but by visual observation. Drones can help, but due to the large dimensions of these structures we need much longer flight times,” explains Carlos Eduardo Cavaco Gomes, director from EPH Engenharia.
Some of the dams are so large that they would require months of battery-powered drone flights to fully scan their surfaces. The new HYCOPTER...