Wind turbines present unique challenges for maintenance inspections. Current methods involve hoisting staff to heights that present significant health and safety risks. As a result each inspection requires extensive downtime and meticulous planning before it can be carried out, reducing the overall efficiency of energy generation.
Conducting wind turbine inspections via UAVs is a significant improvement over existing methods. A UAV is able to fly precisely and accurately in close proximity to the turbine, taking away the need to put people at risk. Advanced Sense and Avoid technologies found on the DJI Phantom 4 and the Matrice 100 ensure that a sudden gust of wind or pilot error will not result in a collision.
DJI’s Micro Four Thirds Zenmuse X5 series cameras, compatible with the DJI Inspire series and the DJI Matrice 100 produce high resolution imagery, 16 megapixel photos and 4K video, ideal for identifying fissures, cracks, or other indicators of structural stresses that may require repair. As all the data is stored on-board, it can be reviewed either at the point of inspection, or back at the office. These innovations allow inspection teams to increase their overall efficiency while reducing facility downtime.