IFD: Drones4Energy

Project: Research

Project Details


Drones4Energy is 3 years, Grad Solutions Innovation Fund Denmark project that aims to build a collaborative, autonomous, and continuously operating drone system that will be offered to powerline operators to inspect the power grid accurately, frequently, and autonomously.

Key findings

Energy Harvesting
The project aims at building a light-weight energy harvester to tap energy from the powerline cables to charge the drones without modifying the power grid’s infrastructure.

Artificial Intelligence Algorithms
The project will improve the state-of-the-art machine-learning algorithms to optimize the inspection results thereby it is possible to only store the relevant inspection data on-board of the drone.

Swarm System
The project will reduce the inspection time and improve its accuracy by building a collaborative drone system to fly along the cables to inspect all of the sides of the cables at once.

Harsh environment operations
The project aims at building a resilient drone system that is capable to overcome the electromagnetic interferences of the high-voltage cables on the drone electrical components.
Effective start/end date01/12/201830/11/2021

Collaborative partners

  • Aarhus University (Project partner)
  • GeoPartner Inspection (Project partner)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (Project partner)
  • Develco (Project partner)
  • Science Ventures Denmark A/S (Project partner)
  • SDU UAS Centre (Project partner) (lead)


  • Drones
  • Inspection
  • High voltage
  • Power line
  • AI
  • Swarm
  • Autonomous navigation
  • Energy Harvesting


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