FutureLab received a grant of 20 million rubles from the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE). The investment will be spend on R&D: “Development of system of technical maintenance and local repair of the wire or the ground wire of the existing overhead power line (PL) on the basis of an unmanned platform with elements of automatic operation”.

Today, maintenance and local repair of the wire or the ground wire overhead line current falls to 32% of all the costs and repairs of electric grid companies. As a result of R&D, an unmanned aviation system will be created and tested, which will be able to automatically detect, fix, maintain and selectively eliminate defects on the included lines.

“Support from such a partner as the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises is very important for us at the current stage. During the year of R&D, we have to work out two large areas: local repair of power lines and automatic operation,” said Alexandr Lemekh, CEO FutureLab LLC.

The development will be conducted on the basis of the CableWalker system. The project has no direct world analogues, including the expected performance and efficiency. In the future, the drone will be able to serve more than a thousand kilometers of power lines. This will not only quickly eliminate the accident on the grid, but also reduce the risk for electricians.

R&D is implemented within the framework of the NTI EnergyNet roadmap – a program to create an intellectual energy market in Russia. One of the targets is to bring Russian companies to the global market and generate revenue of about $ 40 billion per year.