Robot Projects

Robot Projects

Additional Information

  • Project Summaries by Phase

    This page presents EPRI's active projects grouped by the current project phase (R&D, Development, Testing, Demonstration, and Commercialization).

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Road Maps

EPRI is conducting research and development in a wide range of areas related to robots. Detailed summaries of individual projects are listed below alphabetically by area.

Transmission Line Projects

NCI Inspection Robot
NCI Inspection Robot

A robot is being developed that crawls along and inspects a transmission line non-ceramic insulator (NCI), also called a composite or polymer insulator.

Overhead Transmission Line Robot
Overhead Transmission Line Robot

An overhead transmission line inspection robot that is permanently installed on the shield wire is being developed.

Snake Robot
Snake Robot

This project is investigating the feasibility of utilizing snake robots for transmission line inspection.

Unmanned Transmission Vehicles
Unmanned Airborne Vehicles

Utilities use manned aircraft for fast and slow fly-by patrols, and also conduct walking or driving line patrols, as well as climbing or bucket truck inspections.


Underground Transmission Projects

Underground Transmission Vault Robot
Underground Transmission Vault Robot

This project is to investigate the feasibility of robotic tools to inspect and maintain components within an underground cable vault.