“Using wireless charging technology for drones means you don’t have to worry about range.” Chen Shaonan, the person in charge of the project “Wireless Charging Drone and Drone Port”, the latest research and development achievement of Guangxi Power Grid Company of South China Power Grid, said in an interview, “This technological innovation has been applied to the power grid inspection drones, allowing us to completely get rid of the charging cable ‘bondage’, just like wireless charging for cell phones.”
In the conventional drone grid inspection work, the staff had to follow the grid to the limit of the flight distance to wait and constantly replace the battery. Now, there is no need to manually replace the battery, just give instructions to complete the work, the process does not require manual maintenance.
Just like charging a cell phone, when the battery is low, the drone that has been inspecting and taking pictures on the set flight path will automatically fly to the drone charging port mounted on a pole, where it can be set to charge wirelessly without any operation such as plugging and unplugging when going down to the field. After charging is complete, the drone will return to the inspection work again and continue until all tasks are completed.
Not only drones, but also electric vehicles (EVs) have achieved wireless charging. Unlike traditional charging, EVs can be charged while driving. The first domestic 60-kilowatt-class EV high-efficiency mobile wireless charging demonstration project was implemented in Nanning City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, becoming the most advanced EV mobile wireless charging project in China in terms of engineering applications. (Courtesy/People’s Daily Japanese Edition/Editor/KS)