3D maps, laser sensors, infrared thermal images, drones… innovation and new technologies to guarantee service quality. Over the summer months, Endesa carries out preventive maintenance tasks on our power distribution grid and on the surrounding forest mass, with the aim of guaranteeing the safety and continuity of the supply for our customers. To do so we have innovative methods that facilitate the process and enable more precise data to be obtained.
This maintenance tasks are carried out on high, medium and low-voltage overhead power lines and other relevant infrastructures, such as substations and they mainly consist of cleaning tasks and clearing forests in the areas of the power grid, thoroughly checking all the facilities and other preventive actions, such as using thermal imagery to inspect the power grid.
We carry out these tasks in collaboration with the regional and local governments in the autonomous communities in which we operate as a distribution company (Catalonia, Aragon, Andalusia and Extremadura, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands).
Laser sensors and 3D maps
For these prevention tasks, we have recently incorporated the innovative LIDAR system (Light Detection and Ranging). This system combines GPS technology with laser sensors to create 3D maps of the areas of forest mass located around the power lines. This procedure enables us to ensure the distances between the forest mass and the high voltage power lines or between the cables and any nearby object, are correct.