Drones used for monitoring buildings’ energy efficiency

A team of students at Strathclyde University’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering are coupling thermal imaging cameras to drones to monitor energy efficiency in buildings, a recent news report has revealed.

The students have created a start-up called Drone Wrangler and are exploring the diversity and viability of drone technology to provide services across industries including energy, agriculture and construction.

“Energy efficiency is important in buildings for environmental and economic reasons but some equipment used to measure it is expensive and doesn’t always give a full reading,” Americo Pino, one of the students, said.

“Drones can make these types of inspections more comprehensive and thermal imaging technology takes this a step further. Our drone lifts off automatically and can link to around 17 satellites at a time, so it’s very precise in the images it takes and very safe to fly.”

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