Benefits of Drone Videos for Wind Turbine Inspections
Drones technology is increasing day by day in commercial organizations for major benefits like inspection and surveying. It also benefits the inspection of both onshore and offshore wind farms. It makes a huge impact on this area.
According to American Wind Energy Association, in the United States, there are almost 50,000 utility-scale wind turbines. It is important to maintain and inspect each and every turbine on a regular basis. Sometimes these turbines wear out over time due to constant spinning. Regular inspection increases their efficiency and prevents dangerous accidents.
Before drones, the inspection process was performed by human workers. A worker uses ropes or ladder to climb the turbine platform which is time consuming, dangerous and costly. But with the help of drones, it becomes easier to inspect wind turbine safely and at a cheap cost.
Here are some benefits of using drones for the wind turbine inspections:
Before drones, it is difficult to inspect the wind turbines. A worker uses ladders and ropes to access the turbines. A wind turbine can range from 40 feet to 2,000 feet, which is a long way to climb and is more dangerous. With the help of drones, the safety to the maintenance is improved. An engineer can inspect turbines from the ground with the help of drones and use these videos and pictures as a feedback.
Use of drones for the wind turbines is cost effective and cheaper as compared to hiring a worker for inspection of each turbine. Using drones for initial inspection means the engineer needs to take a single trip to resolve the issues in turbines identified by the drones. This will reduce the time as well as reduce the cost of hiring the same engineer to complete the inspection in one day.
With human workers, it takes a lot of time to inspect every single wind turbine. But with drones, one can quickly inspect the wind turbine. With the help of drones, you can inspect the blades very closely and circle around it to cover the whole surface area of the blade.
For a professional drone operator, it is very easy to operate a drone even in strong wind to inspect each turbine.
As compared to traditional methods of inspection, drones can deliver a better information on the turbine condition. A professional can fly a drone at the optimum distance (usually from 3 to 10 meters) from the blade and can cover the whole area around it.
Drones for Small Operators
Drone surveying also benefits for small contractors of local areas. Small contractors can bid against big companies for same wind turbine inspection with a great proportion of success. Local contractors already know about the weather and the area of that region as compared to large companies from out of the area. Local contractors won’t need to charge for travel expenses across the country, significantly reducing overall operational cost.