UAV benefits for wind turbine inspections
UAV Drone wind turbine blade inspection is 6 times faster than conventional techniques, reduce loss of production and eliminate staff have to work at height to inspect the blades
UAV Drone wind turbine blade inspection is the newest way to ensure a fast, safe and reliable inspection method is delivered. With the constant growth of renewable wind energy sources throughout the UK, long term maintenance and repair is required.
While the wind turbines are stopped. The wind farm is not producing electricity and therefore not generating an income.
Traditionally wind turbine blade inspections are carried out with a rope access team abseiling down each blade or using elevated access platforms. These techniques identify and log damage as they go. The rope access technique has worked well for the industry but has proved to be slower than using a UAV / drone to carry out the same inspection.
A drone wind turbine inspection can achieve 18 blade inspections per day, this number can increase when inspecting smaller blades. A rope access blade inspection team on average can only examine up to three 50m blades a day.
Drone wind turbine inspection has proved to be a more efficient way to identify warranty and general conditional damage, log the location and size of the damage and report it immediately to the client whilst on site.
Major damage which is noted during the inspections is reported straight away. Following the onsite stage, a detailed review of the images taken is carried out and formal reports are submitted to the client for a decision on the best course of actions for repairs.
All work is carried out by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved operators who are trained and fully insured for this type of work. They hold the Permission for Aerial Work certificate which is the national standard for commercial UAV / drone operations.
Our teams move around Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland using 4×4 vehicles and have received off road driver training, so gaining access to remote locations is not a difficulty.
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