The increasing focus on renewable resources has fueled governments worldwide to invest in wind energy. As a result, the number of wind turbines has grown exponentially over the last few years. While the number of turbines has grown so has the need for less expensive and safer inspection methods. A safe and efficient solution to these issues is the employment of SkyViewHD®’s drones to perform these inspections.
Traditional rope-based inspections are costly due to labor costs and lost revenue. They typically encompass 8 hours per tower which equates to revenue loss; produce subjective and inconsistent visual records based on manual interpretation by inspectors and all parties reviewing the data; and are extremely hazardous. Ground based telescopic inspections encompass 3-5 hours which have a huge economic impact and produce inconsistent data. Paper based reports are incomplete and not easily integrated with ERP, EAM, CMMS which limits an organization’s ability to fully and easily understand the total cost of ownership for each turbine.