How Drones Inspect Wind Turbines
Automated flight routes can be set up to conduct thorough, repeatable inspections of the wind turbine without safety risks to personnel.
Drones can get close-up images of defects on the blade such as cracks, water ingress, corrosion or rust with a zoom camera without shutting down operations.
Drone inspection results are quantitative and digitized, facilitating data analysis and recordkeeping.
Traditional Challenges in Wind Turbine Inspection
Operations need to be paused for inspections, where cranes lift personnel high up to get close to the blades and record observational data, which is risky and time-consuming.
Inspection data are qualitative records that might not be digitized, which can cause issues in recordkeeping and takes longer from inspection to repairs.