Vestas Enlists Sulzer Schmid and WKA For Drone-Based Blade Inspection Campaign

Sulzer Schmid and WKA have been enlisted by Vestas to conduct a massive and challenging drone-based blade inspection campaign in Scandinavia

Vestas Enlists Sulzer Schmid and WKA

Sulzer Schmid, a Swiss company pioneering UAV technology for rotor blade inspections, and WKA, the leading blade inspection and repair service provider, have been enlisted by Vestas to conduct a massive and challenging drone-based blade inspection campaign in Scandinavia, on a staggering 1,250 wind turbines in less than 12 weeks.

The blades of the 1,250 Vestas turbines located across Sweden and Finland must be inspected by the end of June, just in time for the beginning of the repair work season that traditionally takes place during the less windy summer months. To deal with that challenge, Vestas has opted for a drone-based solution, which is the only approach that can meet its high-quality standards within such a demanding time-frame.

WKA & Sulzer Schmid’s have joined forces to offer the complete service needed. Within their partnership, Sulzer Schmid’s cutting-edge drone-based inspection technology will be combined with WKA’s qualified field personnel and rotor blade expertise to offer a state-of-the-art turnkey solution. WKA will deploy drones equipped with cameras and sensors to capture and record blade defects and ensure smooth operations in the field. The project management will be supported by ROBUR company TEC GmbH, an industrial services specialist.

The offering of Sulzer Schmid and WKA covers the entire workflow up until the defects are made available on the customer portal of Vestas. In addition to diligent planning and efficient field operation, this requires a streamlined defect annotation process and the integration into the backend systems of Vestas to allow for end-to-end information flow.

“We are convinced that drone-based inspection will become the new standard in the wind industry. In combination with an efficient field operation and streamlined digital information flow, this innovative solution will add a lot of value to our customers. We are looking forward to seeing the results of WKA and Sulzer Schmid’s collaboration on this inspection campaign”, said Jöns Sjöstedt, Senior Service Director, Sweden & Finland of Vestas Northern & Central Europe.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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