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“The Energy of Youth” - 2015 winner spoke about drones in a “Smart city”

Ivan Matsak, the winner of XII All-Russian contest “The Energy of Youth” participated in the panel discussion “Smart city” in the framework of  the 5th international electric power forum Rugrids-Electro. The young scientist told the audience how the unmanned aerial vehicles help to provide reliability and safety of hard-to-access onfrastructure, to prevent accidents. Ivan also shared the latest achievements in drones' remote charging.

The panel discussion participants strived to determine smart cities’ way of  development in Russia, to model energy objects and form the concept of future intellectual transport in the country. Ivan Matsak and his research team from Korolev managed to introduce innovation that ideally meets a smart city’s requirements. The young scientists are working on a remote power supply of the aircrafts and robotic devices with the infrared light on the ground and in the space.

While the drones’ functionality widens from day to day, the time of their flight needs to be prolonged.  According to Ivan Matsak, longer time of flight may be achieved due to the use of hydrogen fuel cells, energy transmission by means of leads or fiber optics, solar batteries, new accumulators and mechanic components’ improvement.  “We are currently working on the remote charging system. It is based on wireless transmission of energy that is a different class of applications for satellites. Thus, batteries can be charges without drones’ landing. So far the flight time for drone lasts from 40 minutes to an hour. The new technology can enlarge the flight time of drones up to 24 hours without landing”, - elaborated Ivan Matsak.

The scientist emphasized the unmanned aerial vehicles’ role in infrastructure objects monitoring. “Drones are a super trend in monitoring area now. Today drones fulfill more and more complicated functions, they are an important part of various observation and measurement systems”, - noted the scientist. Once the power supply issue is resolved, drones can be more actively implemented in infrastructure monitoring.  As a result, the reliability and safety of the objects increases, accidents’ probability diminishes as well as cost of accidents’ consequences management.

To remind, the All-Russian contest of Youth scientific projects “The Energy of Youth” is held annually among young scientists under 35. Winners are chosen by independent experts of the Global Energy Prize. Applications are collected via website from September 1st to October 15th.

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