Maxim Lu

Project Progress


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have recently become popular for various applications around the World. In this regard, a significant technical application of UAVs is in high voltage powerlines and electrical networks monitoring and inspection. UAV application in power system will save huge amount of energy, reduce cost of powerlines inspection, change manual human based monitoring to machine based monitoring and simplify access to impassable areas and remotely installed powerlines. Drone application is also beneficial for rail transportation systems as drones can travel simply over the rail tracks and monitor as well as send information on tracks’ quality over the entire country. However, the battery capacity of a medium scale drone limits its travel distance and mission duration. Therefore, in order to foster the use of drones for routine monitoring operations, it is crucial to improve the energy feeding system of drones and overcome the battery capacity problem. This project is aiming to design a novel navigation algorithm which will allow a drone to safely land onto the transmission line and charge the battery whenever and wherever required. It is also focused to design, manufacture and implement a high to low voltage conversion device which will enable the UAV to charge from the high voltage powerlines.


MSc Sustainable Energy Systems (Edinburgh, UK, 2012-2013), BSc Electrical Engineering (Karaganda, Kazakhstan, 2007-2011); Research interests: Renewable energy sources and sustainability.

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