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SkySpecs conducts drone inspection for offshore wind turbine blades

Power News - Published on Fri, 20 Jul 2018

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SkySpecs, an award-winning provider of robotics solutions for the wind energy industry, has successfully completed an automated inspection of the world’s largest offshore wind turbine at Orsted‘s (formerly DONG Energy) Burbo Bank Extension, in the Irish Sea. Orsted says the testing and automated inspection of the 8-MW offshore turbine was an important step in gaining confidence that drone technology has the potential to be rolled out on all larger sized wind turbines.

SkySpecs offers automated blade inspections, often in less than 15 minutes, using a drone and highly intuitive software, that allows for repeatability, high-quality data, and safer inspections.

Mr David-Lee Jones, Orsted’s Senior Technical Project Lead said that “Providing consistent image quality across the largest turbines offshore is challenging and requires consistency from the drone. This was the purpose of our work with SkySpecs. We really wanted to validate that their technology could provide the type of precise and robust inspection capabilities that Orsted expects.”

The data SkySpecs collected will be used to evaluate the condition of the 80-meter turbine blades as well. The company’s turbine-inspection solution includes:

1. Fully automated robotic inspections of wind turbine blades that take less than 15 minutes from start to finish;
2. Automatic data upload to their software product, Horizon, that classifies images by damage type and severity;

3. An advanced feature set in Horizon that includes repair planning workflows, analytics dashboards, and insights that enable users to spot trends, project repair costs, and determine ROI.

Mr Tom Brady CTO of SkySpecs said that “We are pleased that we’ve helped Orsted move ahead with their goals. As an organization, we are committed to applying robotic solutions to solve challenges faced by the renewable energy. We’re helping owners craft their predictive maintenance strategies with a mountain of blade data and analytics tools that help them understand the health of their fleet.”

Orsted currently has offshore projects under development in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia. The company says it is using its expertise to help build a mature, technologically advanced US offshore wind industry creating jobs and continuing to push the global industry forward.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 20 Jul 2018
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