Drones in Wind Energy

As renewable wind power grows in demand, wind turbine drone inspection continues to play a critical role in prolonging the service life of wind farms. Wind turbines require routine maintenance and inspections to prevent wear and tear, which can reduce the efficiency and lifespan of a turbine’s structural components. As part of the maintenance process, a wind turbine drone inspection can identify blade delamination, core defects, internal component failure, and other key defects.

Additionally, a drone wind turbine inspection produces more detailed data than traditional inspection methods and can significantly speed up the inspection process.

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Visual and Thermal Images

Aerial images provide a broader perspective of wind farms and allow maintenance teams to receive valuable information in real-time. When analyzing thermal images, it is easier to identify potential anomalies. Combining thermal and visual data helps you determine if the heat anomalies are caused by faults found physically on the structure, such as delamination, cracks, dust, or internal issues.

Output Efficiency

Early detection of faulty elements within a solar farm will help to prevent major output deficiencies. The faster and more accurately a maintenance team can detect possible defects, the quicker they can respond and prevent major system failures. Inspections and maintenance that are effectively conducted translate into protecting the interests of investors and ensuring that the the PV system is operating at its peak efficiency.

Detailed Reports

With use of thermal and visual images, the data is run into our industry leading software to detect all anomalies. These issues are then tagged, geo referenced, and reviewed for efficient remediation. Each defect is described with thermal and visual images for reference. Our reports also include an interactive map of your wind farm with the ability to easily share with other team members.

Inspection Time

One of the main reasons for adopting drones for wind turbine inspections is reduction in maintenance costs. Typically, inspections of large wind farms are done by a ground team who inspect each turbine by hand. This method can take days or weeks depending on the size of the farm and it results in a large amount of man hours which significantly increases costs. Drones are proven to reduce inspection time by up to 70%.