Published: 21 May 2019 21 May 2019
Sulzer Schmid and WKA have been enlisted by Vestas to conduct a drone-based blade inspection campaign in Scandinavia, on 1,250 wind turbines in less than 12 weeks. The blades of the 1,250 Vestas turbines located across Sweden and Finland must be inspected by the end of June, just in time for the beginning of the repair work season that traditionally takes place during the less windy summer months.
WKA & Sulzer Schmid’s have joined forces to offer the complete service needed by Vestas. Within their partnership, Sulzer Schmid’s drone-based inspection technology will be combined to WKA’s field personnel and rotor blade expertise to offer a turnkey solution. WKA will deploy drones equipped with cameras and sensors to capture and record blade defects.
The offering of Sulzer Schmid and WKA covers the entire workflow up until the defects are made available on the customer portal of Vestas. The HD images captured by the drones are analysed aided by Artificial Intelligence, and detailed automated reports are generated via Sulzer Schmid’s 3DX software components.