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Wednesday, 28 September 2016
14:30 - 16:00 Droning On! The use of UAVs in wind turbine O&M
O&M & logistics  
Onshore      Offshore    

Room: Hall F

This session will give an overview of the emerging technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise called drones, and their application to the remote inspection of wind turbines, with an emphasis on the assessment of blade damage. It will look at what has been done to date and what the capabilities may be for the future. Finally, it will consider the advantages and disadvantages of different inspection techniques.

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Learning objectives

  • List the ways in which wind turbine blade damage can be assessed using drones;
  • Identify the potential advantages of drones over other approaches to turbine assessment;
  • Anticipate future developments in drone technology and associated instruments.
David Infield, Professor of Renewable Energy Technologies, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

Abstract ID: 241
Christoph Thiel
Managing Director, tb engineers, Germany
Visual blade inspection with UAV technology

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Abstract ID: 271
Lars Landberg
Director of Strategic Research and Innovation, DNV GL Energy, Denmark
The use of smart drones in wind energy

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Abstract ID: 325
Andrew Bellamy
Co-Founder and Director, Aarufield Limited, United Kingdom
Best practice: How to inspect rotor blades offshore and reduce your overall O&M expenses

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