Con Edison is testing drones to carry inspection cameras inside of the towering boilers that produce steam for some of New York City’s most iconic buildings.
The company is testing the drone technology as a way to reduce the time and cost it takes to inspect the boilers, which are an integral part of the largest district steam system in the world. Con Edison provides steam – a green energy source – to more than 1,600 large customers, including the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, the World Trade Center and other landmark buildings.
“Inspecting our boilers requires workers to build up to 10-story scaffolding and go through confined-space training,” said Margarett Jolly, director of Research and Development for Con Edison. “Using innovations in technology, we can speed up the process while still upholding and perhaps improving quality and safety.”
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