Drone-Mounted Sensors Can Help Fight Wildfires

Aug. 30, 2022

Drones Can detect arcing in rugged areas that are tough for helicopters and airplanes to reach, as well as identify maintenance needs before problems emerge. 

As climate change leads to larger and more frequent wildfires, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using sensors, drones and machine learning to both prevent fires and reduce their damage to the electric grid.  Engineers are honing technology to remotely sense electrical arcing and faulty equipment, as well as the direction of spreading fires.