Energy Storage Provider Launches Drone, Robotics Technologies Contest

Energy storage solutions provider AES Corp. on Nov. 7 launched an open innovation contest targeted at improving the safety and increasing availability of power plants through unmanned inspections in extreme heat.

“AES takes our mission of improving lives seriously and recognizes that today’s energy solutions must evolve to meet tomorrow’s needs,” Andrés Gluski, AES President and CEO, said in a statement. “Engaging and collaborating with great thinkers outside our company and industry allows us to extend our internal innovation capabilities to create the best solutions for the future.”

According to AES, when a system failure occurs that halts electricity generation, workers must wait until the temperature of equipment reaches a sufficiently low level before entering confided spaces for inspection and repair. AES said it is looking for innovative drones and robotic solutions to conduct inspection work that can resist extreme heat and keep workers safe.

Responses and potential solutions are being requested from other companies, consultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs or inventors. Three winners will be recognized and rewarded at AES’ global Innovation Congress in July 2017.

The company is accepting proposals through February 28, 2017.

AES will partner with open innovation solutions provider NineSigma for the contest.

Renewable Energy World named the AES Netherlands Advancion and IPL Advancion Energy Storage Arrays for Honorable Mentions in the 2017 Project of the Year Awards. Click here to learn more.

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