Use of Drones for Wind Turbine Inspections

At a time when wind power is expanding rapidly, blade inspections are becoming an important maintenance activity. Although a number of inspection methods exist, new drone-based technologies are becoming increasingly attractive. Though not exhaustive in nature, this study does provide an overview of the inspection market and the needs of the sector. It presents existing as well as up-and-coming solutions such as drone-based inspections and the automation of the various stages of inspection and diagnostics.

Highlights

  • Overview of wind industry and inspection market
  • Potential for drone-based inspections compared to other available methods
  • Key elements of drone inspections and diagnostics
Technical content : , Dominic Bolduc, , Nigel Swytink-Binnema
Author(s) : , Nicolas Jolin