Queensland SuperGrid soars thanks to renewable energy

Infravision is revolutionising power line construction with its innovative drone stringing systems, developed on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Infravision is revolutionising power line construction with its innovative drone stringing systems, developed on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Powerlink, in partnership with Queensland startup Infravision, is using drones to string 50km of transmission lines to connect the Genex pumped storage hydro system to the Queensland electricity SuperGrid.

The world-class powerline stringing system, which is developed, manufactured and assembled out of Coolum Beach, Queensland is the longest section of high voltage electricity transmission line strung by drones in the Asia-Pacific region.

Infravision air operations global president Josh Williams says this system sets a new standard in renewable energy.

“Infravision and Powerlink Queensland are setting new standards in the energy sector by delivering more efficient and sustainable transmission solutions,” he said.

“Our collaboration is deeply focused on enhancing the safety of Queensland’s workforce, minimising environmental impact and ensuring we get the job done on time.”

Infravision regional director Matt Jones says their collaboration with Powerlink will help boost the Queensland economy.

“We take pride in how our collaboration with Powerlink is fostering innovation at our Queensland manufacturing facility, creating jobs for Queenslanders and enabling the integration of cutting-edge Australian technology and services to bolster the worldwide shift towards sustainable energy.”

Queensland Energy and Clean Economy Jobs Minister Mick de Brenni says these types of projects will create jobs in Queensland.

“These are green collar jobs being created right here on the Sunshine Coast, all thanks to renewable energy projects and government partnerships,” he said.

“Powerlink’s partnership with Infravision is further proof that Queensland’s policies and our commitment to a renewable energy future will lead to a jobs and economic boom in all pockets of the Sunshine State.”

Powerlink had previously tested the use of drones for line stringing on smaller projects to determine the technology’s feasibility.

To date the technology has proven to be more versatile, have less impact on landholders and is safer than established methods of using helicopters or ground crews.