A solution for automated inspection of rotor blades
Offshore wind represents an important energy source in the transition to renewable energy. However, monitoring methods to inspect the rotor blades remain costly, time consuming and dangerous. The EU-funded A2Miro project is drawing on experience acquired in onshore wind technology. It proposes a method that uses a helicopter to autonomously inspect the offshore turbine. Its sensor head combines visual and infrared cameras to distinguish defects as small as 0.5 mm. The data analysis software along with the machine learning technology offers valuable knowledge about eventual maintenance needs. The system reduces costs and increases wind energy generation. The project intends to adapt the helicopter for offshore use, perfect its telemetry system, and prepare the product for commercialisation across Europe and the world.
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