Wind Turbine Inspection
Regular inspections allow us to act preventively in order to repair instead of replacing.
- The blades of a wind turbine can suffer serious damages considering that they are subject to adverse and varying atmospheric conditions 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. They are exposed to heavy rain and strong winds, hailstorms, electrical discharges, UV radiation and particles impact.
- Each moment a wind turbine is not producing energy represents financial loss.
- The turbine blades deformation and dirt accumulation degrade the performance of the wind turbines thus undermining its useful life and production capacity.
- It is vital to perform regular inspections as a means to control and act preventively, avoiding major costs resulting from more advanced degradation states.
- Inspecting wind turbines is essential in order to detect the necessity for action, to assess and quantify damages and its degradation over time.
“State-of-the-art drones allow us to operate faster and safer when compared to traditional methods.”
- Use of drones customised specifically for this purpose, equipped with ultra-sonic sensors capable of measuring distances to obstacles and to the ground.
- High-end resolution cameras, able to record Ultra HD 4K videos and photos of up to 42 megapixels.
- In addition to the recording capacity, it is also possible to monitor the inspection in Full HD live from the ground.
- High optical zoom lenses and sensors capable of capturing images in low light conditions.
- Experienced, qualified crew and in compliance with all the legal requirements, formed by a pilot and a dedicated camera operator.
- Capability of operating with winds up to 10 m/s.
- Backup equipment and various accessories, ensuring reliability and consistency of the operation.
“Making the inaccessible accessible”
- Recording capacity for further analysis and comparison of evolution.
- Identify the exact location of the damage on the turbine blade (centimetre-precision).
- Swift execution, top quality, high resolution “frame by frame” photography.
- Real time damage identification.
- Absence of risk to human lives, since the work is not performed at a height.
- Delivery of regular inspection reports; evolution and damage monitoring.
- Cost savings since day one and swift execution.
- More frequent inspections allow for equipment repairment rather than replacement, thus reducing downtime of the turbines and costs.
- Damage rating that allows the identification of superficial as well as structural damages.
- Accurate results, based on digital files and sophisticated automatic sensors that go way beyond the human sight.
- Notice regarding preventive interventions.
- Capacity for inspecting inaccessible locations.
- Possible use of an additional thermographic camera later on.
“Pioneers and experts in wind turbine inspection using drones“
Our Service Compared to Traditional Methods
Traditional Rope Inspection
Set Up / 30Min
Positioning / 30 Min
Inspection (3 turbines) / 4:00 Hours
Total time / 5 Hours
Inspection with UAV's by WEFLY
Set up / 15 min
Positioning / 30 Min
Inspection (3 turbines) 30 min
Total time / 1H:15 min
“State-of-the-art drones, allow to operate more quickly and safely compared to traditional methods, offering more and better results guaranteeing a greater return to our customers”