In this solution brief, PrecisionHawk discusses how drone-based solutions can safely and efficiently manage the wind turbine blade lifecycle. You’ll learn:
We’ve seen significant results through our work with industry-leading turbine manufacturers, including less downtime due to inspection or unforeseen damages, faster fixes to blade issues, and greater production per turbine. We’ve also reduced inspection climbs—and hazardous manhours—by up to 50% and inspection costs by up to 80%.
In 2017, Statoil (now Equinor) used PrecisionHawk to complete drone inspections for its 317 megawatt Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm off the coast of Norfolk in the United Kingdom. The 200 drone flights inspected 264 blades, and the inspections revealed blade health details Equinor had not known about before. The drones were operated from the site’s standard 19-meter service vessels with no need for climbers. A year later, the company won the RenewableUK Health & Safety Innovation Award for a significant reduction in risky transfers and equipment lifts.