DamGPR-Drone addresses all three elements of the energy trilemma:
- Clean: DamGPR-Drone is a system aimed at supporting hydroelectric dams, a clean, renewable energy source.
- Affordable: DamGPR-Drone will reduce the cost of monitoring, inspection and upkeep of hydroelectric dams, which will in turn help to safeguard the low cost of hydroelectricity to end-users.
- Security of supply and energy access: DamGPR-Drone will secure dams from failure by offering an inspection solution that can be used more regularly to identify defects or weaknesses in the Dam structure and allow preventative maintenance, ensuring the supply of a clean energy source for the people of the Philippines.
DamGPR-Drone will lower the cost for dam operators to inspect dams, while also reducing maintenance costs through early detection. Ambuklao dam pay £2.4million yearly for operation and maintenance. Helping to reduce the costs of running and maintaining dams will make dams a more attractive option for future energy developments and will incentivise the Energy Investment Coordinating Council (EICC), an inter-agency group lead by the Department of Energy, that was established by Executive Order 30 to streamline the procedures for major projects, to approve new energy developments.
DamGPR-Drone will promote the use of renewable energy, along with government incentives to change from fossil fuel sources, this will benefit the people of the Philippines, particularly regions with coal mining regions and coal power plants, currently 50 operating in operation, reducing air pollution, benefiting the health of the local peoples and the environment.
Reducing cost of running dams will incentivise future projects, allowing for greater access to clean energy. This will benefit the 16% of households, the majority in rural areas that currently don't have access to electricity or to the national grid.
Connecting households to the grid is closely linked with development goals, including those touching on human health, the environment, and gender equality. The introduction of electricity improves air quality by removing diesel fuelled lamps and charcoal/firewood stoves used for cooking, light and heat.
Universal access to clean cooking solutions would help prevent premature deaths (3.8million globally, 15.7k in the Philippines), primarily among women and children, from exposure to household air pollution. It would also save time spent collecting fuel and tending fires, time that could otherwise be used for learning, earning, and social activities.