November 23, 2012
Hydro-Québec wins international award for LineScout robot
Hydro-Québec has won an award from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for the LineScout, a robot for inspecting live power transmission lines, developed by the Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec (IREQ).
The IET announced the winners of its Innovation Awards on November 22, 2012.
The awards pay tribute to the most innovative companies working in a wide range of disciplines in engineering and technology. The international organization was created in March 2006 when the Institution of Electrical Engineers merged with the Institution of Engineers Incorporated.
The LineScout and transmission lines
Each year, line crews assigned to Hydro-Québec’s high-voltage transmission system inspect more than 30,000 km of lines to detect any anomalies and ensure the safety of the system.
To perform this critical work, line workers have the LineScout, a sophisticated robot that enables them to conduct detailed inspections while remaining safe on the ground and without interfering with system operation.
The LineScout can clear obstacles it encounters on the lines, such as insulator strings, vibration dampers and guard rings.
Using its many cameras, the robot inspects live transmission lines safely and with great precision, which results in more thorough inspections.
The LineScout has quickly become a tool of choice for Hydro-Québec employees. It provides them with high-quality information, enabling them to ensure the performance and long-term operability of the transmission system.
The LineScout enables Hydro-Québec to conduct better inspections of more than 30,000 km of transmission lines.
Hydro-Québec line workers install the LineScout on a transmission line in preparation for an inspection.
The LineScout is designed to clear obstacles on the transmission line.
A Hydro-Québec employee watches the LineScout at work.