Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are still largely tied in public image to their use to deliver deadly missiles during military engagements. This has tarnished their reputation for many people, but that is currently changing as drones move beyond their military use and more and more into the commercial sector.
Indeed, people are finding a number of uses for aircraft that donít need human pilots and can fly autonomously by computer or be controlled remotely. These days drones come in all shapes and sizes and can add convenience to a number of tasks.
Click on the photo below to see 10 examples of how drones are being used outside of the military.
UK-based New Wave Energy wants to deploy a network of drones at a high altitude to harvest solar and wind energy in order to help end dependency on the traditional power grid. The company said itís developed the foundational technology to fly drones in airspace that use solar panels and other technology to harvest solar and wind energy. The drones would be in networked clusters connected wirelessly to each other and effectively create a high-altitude power plant for distributing and creating energy. To take the energy harvested and reuse it on the ground, New Wave plans to install antenna arrays either on land or on offshore installations to receive the electromagnetic waves transmitted from the drones and convert them into energy.
(Source: New Wave Energy)