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Vestas continues to inspect blades with Sulzer & Schmid technology and DJI drones

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Energy Global,

Sulzer & Schmid, a Swiss company specialising in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology for wind rotor blade inspections, has announced that Vestas extends the use of its new DJI drone-based blade inspection technology to offer enhanced inspection services across the Asia-Pacific region. Sulzer & Schmid’s solution combines autonomous flight function, exceptionally high-resolution imaging, and an advanced software interface enabling Vestas to reduce blade inspection time and maximise turbine uptime.

To bring this new solution to the market, Sulzer & Schmid and DJI have combined their respective expertise to develop a new flight technology stack which enables the industrial grade UAV DJI Matrice 210 to autonomously inspect wind turbine blades.

The autonomous flight hardware and software are sub-components of the 3DX Inspection Platform of Sulzer & Schmid. This cutting-edge platform supports the entire inspection workflow which includes data capture, processing, and result exploration. The high-quality images captured by the drones are analysed aided by artificial intelligence, and data mining across entire wind energy portfolios are performed via Sulzer & Schmid’s proprietary 3DX Blade Health Platform.

With this new technology, Vestas expands its existing expertise and offering for blade servicing and maintenance. Vestas has initially deployed the solution to interested customers in Australia and will now be expanding the service to other countries in the Asia Pacific Region.

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