UASs, sometimes referred to as drones, have a huge number of positive applications and offer plenty of benefits to users. Here, we take a look at how UASs are being used as an environmentally friendly alternative to benefit conservation and energy projects. Low emissions Most commercial UASs do not operate using fossil fuels meaning that
UASs, sometimes referred to as drones, have a huge number of positive applications and offer plenty of benefits to users. Here, we take a look at how UASs are being used as an environmentally friendly alternative to benefit conservation and energy projects.
Most commercial UASs do not operate using fossil fuels meaning that they do not produce the high levels of CO2 associated with planes and helicopters. This makes them a more environmentally friendly alternative for aerial work such as GIS mapping, aerial photography and aerial surveying.
UASs also offer a more environmentally friendly means of delivering products in both urban settings and rural areas. According to an article on Time.com discussing the introduction of drones to Amazon, using a drone delivery service can cut carbon dioxide emissions by at least half compared to individual household trips to the store. If companies deliver based on routes that cluster customers together, they can reduce CO2 emissions by 80 to 90% compared to customers driving themselves.
Environmental conservation projects
As well as being environmentally friendly in terms of performance, UASs can also help in the application of environmental research projects and wildlife preservation.
Their agility and compact size mean they can be quickly deployed to monitor hard to reach areas with minimal impact. This makes them ideal for environmental observation projects from monitoring and mapping natural landscapes to tracking animal migration patterns.
For example, a recent article on Fusion.net discussed how drones can track and photograph species that are otherwise hard to monitor, such as orang-utans deep in the jungle. This information helps conservationists better understand the impact of land use changes. Furthermore, a pilot program determined that drones reduced poaching by up to 96% in areas such as South Africa where poaching of rhinos is common. The footage captured by UASs can also be used to help raise public awareness about important environmental issues that have previously been overlooked.
The energy industry is already using UASs for a huge range of applications such as monitoring pipelines, wind turbines and solar farms.
Equipped with high definition photography equipment and state of the art mapping software, UASs can offer aerial services, which would normally require a helicopter, scaffolding or cherry picker. These methods are not only more costly but also offer less flexibility and pose a number of health and safety risks, which have to be taken into account.
The ease and affordability of using UASs to monitor wind turbines and photovoltaic panels may be a small but necessary contribution to improving the performance and profitability of sustainable energy providers. Likewise, making monitoring of potentially hazardous sites easier and more affordable could help to prevent accidents such as oil spills or gas leaks.
The environmental benefits of UASs are already beginning to have an impact on the way energy companies operate and this trend is likely to continue into the future.
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