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Advanced shearography kit and a robotic deployment platform for on-site inspection of wind turbine blades

Objective

To achieve a thorough investigation for defect presence on a wind turbine blade, close inspection is required. This implies either trained staff tied with ropes on the blade or dismantling and transferring the blade in a workshop environment. While blade dismantling is scarcely used because it requires very long downtime, human inspection also involve a relatively high delay.
A solution to this problem is to utilize specially designed platforms that can reach the blade and implement faster inspections on site. However, current systems are not very agile or cannot reach close enough to the blade in order to use a high quality nondestructive technique. Hence, they are mostly used to carry out mere visual inspections.
To deal with the aforementioned challenge, our team will commercialize WInspector. WInspector consists of an agile robotic platform able to climb up the wind turbine tower and deploy an advanced Digital Shearography kit that carries out the inspection of a blade at a depth of up to 50mm.
Users of WInspector benefit through early detecting emerging defects unseen in a visual inspection performed by competing solutions, with a significantly lower downtime for the WTB, and free of dangerous human labor.
We have tested and validated the capabilities of WInspector in relevant environment and based on feedback received by wind farm operators, including project participant Gamesa and Iberdola (who has supported us in writing for this application), we are now ready to take the next steps and complete product development allowing us to bring WInspector into the market.
Our vision is to grow our businesses by €19.88 million in gross sales by 2023 and keep growing at 58.8% annually from 2023 onwards. Through our business growth, we will create 181 new jobs.
It is our strong belief that the Fast Track to Innovation Pilot is the ideal financial instrument for us to accelerate the procedures required for commercialization.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

WRS MARINE INSPECTIONS AND SERVICES BV
Address
Boelewerf 1 D E
2987 VD Ridderkerk
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 382 515

Participants (4)

AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 346 964,63
Address
L Kiphisias 116 Kai Davaki 1
11526 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 279 112,50
Address
Avenida Ciudad De La Innovacion 9 Y 11
31621 Sarriguren
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 695 825
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 613 522,50
Address
Borough Road 103
SE10AA London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments