Wind turbine inspection

Wind turbine inspection
 
Wind turbine inspection
Higher efficiency, lower costs
 
Introduction
 
The increasing focus on renewable resources has fuelled governments worldwide to invest in wind energy. As a result, the number of wind turbines has grown exponentially over the last few years. Yet while the number of turbines grew so did the need for cheaper and safer inspection methods.
 
Problem
 
There are several methods for turbine inspection, like the cherry picker, service platform, hydraulic crane or rope descent. The problem with these methods is that they involve heavy equipment or climbing, which is time consuming, costly and very dangerous.
 
Solution
 
A safe and efficient solution to these issues is the employment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to perform inspection. UAS do not require heavy equipment or inspectors to climb the turbine and therefore lower the inspection time as well as the down time of the turbine substantially. The advantage of UAS is that they can provide several methods of inspection including high-resolution images, full HD recordings and even multispectral thermal imaging at lower costs than traditional methods.

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