In 2020, the year started off with a major challenge for Cameron’s company, which is now based in Sydney. When the bushfires went through New South Wales, a lot of high voltage power lines went down.
“The Snowy Hydro generation facility makes up a large part of the state of New South Wales energy supply,” Cameron says. “We went into the bushfire regions to repair the high voltage transmission lines after the fires, and we used our drone systems to perform that work. That was a great project.”
Bringing power to remote Papua New Guinea
Another highlight of 2020 was a collaboration between Infravision and Papua New Guinea Power. “We provided an unmanned aircraft capability to Papua New Guinea Power. We’re training their workforce to adopt unmanned aircraft,” Cameron says.
“Their really mountainous terrain is hard to access. Instead of getting large equipment into very hard to access areas, they carry the drones in their four-wheel drives vehicles.”
A green future powered by an Australian drone team
A major focus for Cameron and his team in 2021 is to help Australians access renewable power sources. “We’re busier than we’ve ever been. We’re focused on connecting new solar and wind farms to the grid,” Cameron says. “We have a hiring phase coming up, and we are focused on growing the business into a much larger organisation that can have a greater impact on the transition to renewable energy.”
Learning to become a confident problem-solver
In regard to his undergrad years as a mechanical engineering student at JCU Townsville, Cameron says that the decision to study engineering was the best decision he’s ever made. “Graduating as an engineer has helped me succeed at what I'm doing, running our own company, a technology company,” Cameron says. “Without that I wouldn't be where I am, having the confidence to invent and build new solutions for the energy industry. I don't think I would be there without an engineering background.”