Air Inspect,an aerial inspection and survey specialist combining unmanned aerial vehicles and software-based damage-detection, was unveiled today at the EWEA Wind Power Conference 2015 in Paris.
The revolutionary new approach can inspect all 3 blades and deliver a thorough and accurate report in around 60 minutes. With thousands of wind turbines coming to the end of their 20 year design life the challenge to owners is how to safely extend the productivity of their assets. This can be achieved with proper maintenance, which begins with regular inspections.
Today inspections are usually done visually by an inspector either in a rope harness, on a cherry picker or from the ground using binoculars. This manual approach is time-consuming, expensive, error-prone and extremely dangerous. Typically, it can take 4-6 hours to complete the inspection and produce a written report of any damage and recommendations for repair.
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