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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and SkySpecs have signed an agreement for autonomous drone inspections of Siemens Gamesa wind turbine blades both onshore and offshore.
NorSea Wind (NorSeaGroup Wind) has signed a five-year agreement with Nordic Unmanned (NU) for the provision of drone services for the works on nine TenneT's HVDC platforms, for which NorSea Wind won a five-year contract earlier this year.
Statoil has used drones to inspect all turbine blades on the Sheringham Shoal wind farm off Norfolk, UK.
DEME Group's offshore wind division is looking into the possibility of using drones to inspect the foundations of the offshore wind turbines for corrosion.
Danish operator of offshore wind Service Operation Vessels (SOV) Esvagt has added drone inspection to its list of offered services.
SgurrEnergy, part of Wood Group’s clean energy business, has introduced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to its existing inspection service offering after obtaining the Civil Aviation Authority‘s Permission for Aerial Work.
Associated British Ports (ABP) has shared the latest drone footage of the enabling works being carried out at Alexandra Dock in Hull as ABP prepares the site for Siemens' offshore wind turbine manufacturing, assembly, installation and service facility. The enabling works undertaken by ABP and their contractors on the 54-acre site are worth GBP 150 million. […]
The following article, which discusses the growing use of drones in the wind energy industry, is published on Offshore WIND with permission from the author, Pieter Jan Jordaens, Business Development & Innovation manager at OWI-Lab, an offshore wind R&D initiative coordinated by Sirris, a collective centre of Belgian technological industry. More significant role for drones in wind turbine inspections Thanks […]
Cyberhawk Innovations, a specialist in aerial inspection and surveying using Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicles (ROAV), also known as UAVs or drones, has marked its busiest ever year in the renewables sector with the launch of a commercial scale inspection solution for wind turbine blades. This year, Cyberhawk’s work in the renewables sector has increased tenfold as […]
LM Wind Power has rolled out the first blade for GE’s Haliade-X 12MW offshore wind turbine at its factory in Cherbourg, France. According to the company, the 107m long blade, the world's largest, has made its first trip outside the factory. Final preparations for the shipment of the LM 107.0 P blade to Maasvlakte-Rotterdam in the Netherlands are now […]
A new GBP 4 million cross-sector project is set to develop the world’s first fully autonomous robotic inspection and repair solution for offshore wind farms. The Innovate UK-funded MIMRee (Multi-Platform Inspection, Maintenance and Repair in Extreme Environments) is a two-year project bringing in expertise from the fields of robotics, non-destructive testing, artificial intelligence, space mission […]
The offshore wind industry is gearing up for growing use of helicopters and drones as more than 50% of turbines consented or planned in Europe are over 250m tall, according to RenewableUK. RenewableUK’s latest Project Intelligence report shows that those projects, all located in UK waters, will mainly use turbines over 280m tall, while the […]
Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is funding a research project aiming to automate the evaluation of information on the condition of offshore installations through the use of drones and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The ministry has set aside EUR 1.3 million for the IsyMoo (Intelligent integrative systems for monitoring surface protection systems […]
The UK government is investing GBP 26.6 million to build micro-robots, including flying and underwater versions, which, among other uses, will inspect and maintain offshore wind turbines.
Ørsted has signed a cooperation agreement with the Dayeh University in Taiwan to jointly develop an offshore wind apprenticeship program.
The UK and export market for offshore wind products and services provided by UK-based firms is expected to be worth GBP 4.9 billion a year by 2030, according to a new prospectus by the former McLaren Group CEO and Formula One Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh.
Esvagt and Wind Power LAB, an Artificial Intelligence and blade specialist, have teamed up to offer a series of services that are said to support the control of offshore assets and expand their lifetime without any weather risk for the owners.
Offshore Wind Innovators has launched a new innovation challenge developed for Dutch small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and students to offer innovative offshore wind solutions to local corporates.
ScottishPower Renewables has partnered with Cambridge-based Aveillant, part of the Thales Group, to test a new radar system that aims to safeguard the UK’s offshore wind industry.
Ørsted and robotics solutions provider SkySpecs have completed an automated inspection of wind turbine blades on Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension wind farm off the coast of Liverpool Bay, UK.
World’s First Floating Wind Farm Outdelivers The 30MW Hywind Scotland, the world’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm, performed better than expected in its first three full months in production, Statoil, the operator of the wind farm said. Ørsted Streamlines Hornsea Project Three Ørsted has published updated plans for the proposed Hornsea Project Three offshore wind […]
Service robots, drones, automated motherships and 40-rotor turbines could become the norm for offshore wind farms by 2050, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult predicts.
NSG Wind has teamed up with Wilhelmsen Ship Management to jointly provide a complete technical maintenance solution for TenneT's onshore and offshore transformer stations and AC electricity transmission systems.
DNV GL has published a position paper on artificial intelligence (AI) in solar and wind energy industries, saying AI will increasingly automate operations over the next several years and boost efficiencies across the renewable energy sector.
Innovate UK has awarded GBP 1.2 million to a consortium developing a surface inspection system for offshore wind turbines using drones. The consortium is led by Perceptual Robotics, a company based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), and Bristol University’s Visual Information Lab, who have partnered with ASV Global and VulcanUAV for the project.
Dutch offshore inspection services provider, Bluestream Offshore, has carried out extensive inspection work on three TenneT's HVDC platforms in the German sector of the North Sea: BorWin Alpha, DolWin Alpha and DolWin Beta.