Unmanned Vehicle System Operator & Integrator DroneQ Robotics, Offshore Wind Innovation Centre (OWIC), wind farm owner Growind and consultancy firm Topwind will collaborate in research, development and innovation in the field of drone inspections of wind turbines.
At the last weekend officially opened Droneport Eemshaven, an initiative of DroneQ Robotics, OWIC, Groningen Seaports and EMS Maritime Offshore, innovative applications using drones are being developed and applied for land, port and offshore energy. The parties will now work together to investigate and develop the role of drones in inspecting wind farms.
Many parties are researching and testing ways to make the inspection of wind turbines more efficient and effective. By closely monitoring the technical condition of the wind turbines in general and the turbine blades in particular, faults can be identified before they have a negative impact on operational availability and therefore yield. Inspections by drones can contribute to this.
In cooperation with DroneQ Robotics and OWIC, Growind is making its turbines available for testing. Growind is a privately developed wind farm in Eemshaven. The wind farm consists of 21 Vestas V90 wind turbines with an axis height of 100 meters. The wind farm has a capacity of 63 MW and has been in operation since 2008. Topwind is responsible for the operational management of the wind farm. Growind and Topwind have an interest in an efficient operation since a large part of the turbines are more than 10 years old and the operational costs are increasing. Source: DroneQ Robotics