Drones are revolutionizing the wind energy industry with their innovative capabilities in inspecting wind turbines. The use of drones in wind turbines offers several advantages over traditional methods of inspection, including reduced inspection time, cost, and risk to human technicians. The following are the most significant uses of drones in wind turbines:
Drones can be used to inspect wind turbines in hazardous areas or high up on towers, without putting technicians in harm’s way.
Monitoring and Diagnosis
Drones can be equipped with cameras and other sensors to monitor the performance of wind turbines, detect potential issues, and diagnose problems early.
Survey and Mapping
Drones equipped with high-resolution cameras can be used to survey and map the area around wind turbines, to help plan new installations and assess the impact on wildlife and habitats.
Drones equipped with special brushes or nozzles can be used to clean the blades of wind turbines, helping to keep them in top condition and increase efficiency.
Inspection and Maintenance
Drones can be used to inspect and maintain wind turbines, providing a quick and efficient way to gather data on the condition of the blades, tower, and other components.
Drones offer several advantages over traditional methods in wind turbine maintenance and inspection. They allow for faster and safer inspections, providing a detailed and up-close view of potential defects and quality data. Drones can also access hard-to-reach areas, reducing the need for technicians to work at heights. This results in increased safety and reduced downtime. Furthermore, drones can also provide thermal imaging, making it easier to identify areas that need repair. Overall, the use of drones in wind turbine maintenance and inspection improves efficiency, saves time, resources, and reduces the risk of harm to technicians.
The ICD team is equipped with the necessary knowledge, experience, and equipment to provide wind turbine inspections using drones. During the on-site inspection, the ICD team will fly the drone to the required location to collect data and begin the inspection of the rotor blade. The team consists of a pilot who operates the drone, and certified personnel who operate the camera, record video, and direct the pilot to points of interest and views of different angles of the tower, rotor blades, and bolt connections.
The analysis of the data collected is the most crucial part of the inspection process, and it is essential to recruit relevant experts to get the full value from a drone inspection. Based on their extensive experience with and knowledge of all types of inspections, the ICD team always offers the best solution, adapted to the job, with a drone. An inspection report is produced based on the analysis of the data, which is usually divided into red, yellow, and green priority categories according to the severity of the damage.