Wind Turbine Blade Inspections by UAV

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Wind Turbine Blade Inspections

Enterprise drone inspection solutions for Turbine Manufacturers, Wind Farm Owners and O&M Specialists looking to reduce risk, prevent expensive blade failures and resolve underperformance issues that cost money. 

 

Documented Visual Records – Not Just Reports

 

Well documented, routine visual inspections form the basis of timely maintenance and provide a necessary chain of custody to help prevent or resolve end of contract warranty disputes and/or legitimize insurance claims.

Turn Key, Annualized Wind Turbine Blade Inspection

Loss Prevention

Ultimately our goal is to identify wind turbine blade damage that can lead to expensive failures and to identify less critical but important issues that degrade performance. The data we provide is used by manufacturers, owners and O&M specialists to make effective engineering repair recommendations but it is also used to provide a baseline data to track blade status and wear progression.

 

The Right Tools in the Right Hands

Recon Arial uses the latest commericial drone technology having double and triple redundant systems including ADS-B technology, obstacle avoidance, RTK navigation and much more. Getting it in the air and keeping in there in difficult conditions is what we do!

 

Built-In Capacity

Recon Aerial Media is currently under subcontract to Siemens for wind turbine blade inspections throughout Canada. This massive undertaking will see us conduct up to 12000 blade inspections on over 1000+ wind turbines each year. This collective intelligence perfectly positions Recon to serve manufacturer’s owner/operators and O&M specialists alike throughout the wind industry across Canada and beyond. Recon has the know-how, work procedures and technical capacity to deliver loss prevention data that offers immense value.

Combining immense boots on the ground operational experience with the data from 1000’s of blade inspections we can easily highlight delamination and other types of repairs such as leading edge erosion and tip repairs. We can also easily classify lightning strikes, bird strikes and other classification of damages that lead to underperformance and potentially blade failure. 

 

Leading Edge

Recon Aerial Media is has a great working relationship with Airfusion for defect recognition in wind turbine blades and is in initial discussions with other standout service providers who specialise in defect recognition using artificial intelligent software systems.

 

Comprehensive Solution

No one can be experts at everything. We understand this and this is why we have partnered with industry-leading O&M specialists with years of experience who interpret the data we collect and provide our clients with options. We are not experts in engineered solutions related to advanced blade repair but our partners are and can provide advanced blade inspection and repair services. Our partners will review the inspection data with owners to establish a specific plan to remedy problems that will maximize loss prevention, solve performance issues and minimize downtime.

Turbine Blade Inspection Service Agreements

1

Full Inspections Management

2

Data Provision for Review

WTI

Annual Service Agreement
  • 1 Annual Inspection of All Assets
  • Pre-mission Compliance Review
  • Risk Analysis and Control Measures
  • Site Survey & Flight Plan
  • Compliance Management Airmarket.io
  • Regulatory Approval for UAV Operations
  • Drone Liability Insurance
  • Full Blade Surface Inspection (unlimited images)
  • Tower Image (upon request)
  • Hub and Nacelle Images (upon request)
  • Video upon request
  • Full License for all Media

What is the annualized cost for UAV Turbine Blade Inspections?

We are glad you asked! Use the basic estimation tool below to estimate the costs for either a complete WTI service agreement or the paired down WTI data only service agreement.

Inspection Calculator

Open Call to Partners

Strength in Numbers

If your business offers ancillary services to the wind energy market, whether your company sells products or services related to repairs and inspections, maintenance or related site services we would love to hear from you. We strongly believe that leveraging partner relationships makes every niche service provider better more capable to provide client services, no matter what they offer.

We are actively seeking highly skilled and qualified companies to add to our roster of service providers who excel in the following areas:

  • blade damage qualification

  • blade inspection 

  • blade repair

  • full service O&M contractors

  • software/data management solutions

  • drone franchise partnerships