Archive for unmanned

SgurrEnergy Brings In UAVs For Inspections, Asset Management

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 07, 2017

Scotland-based renewables consultancy SgurrEnergy – part of the clean energy business of Wood Group, an oil and gas services company – has brought unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to its existing inspection services. Following approval from the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority [Read More]

Siemens Wind Power Teams With Drone Inspections Company

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 28, 2017

Siemens is collaborating with unmanned inspections company SkySpecs to deploy automated drone technology for both onshore and offshore wind turbine inspections. The goal of the collaboration, according to the companies, is to develop a push-button inspection system that is faster, [Read More]

New Rugged DJI Drone Suited For Industrial Inspections, Including Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 27, 2017

China-based drone technology company DJI has introduced the new Matrice 200 drone series (M200), which the company has designed for enterprise solutions – e.g., aerial inspections for critical infrastructure, such as bridges and energy facilities, including wind turbines; construction-site mapping; [Read More]

Drone Inspections Company Marks Notable Success In Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Citing increased demand from both domestic and international markets, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspections company Cyberhawk Innovations is reporting 12 months of success within its wind power division. Headquartered in Livingston, Scotland, the company also has bases in Houston, the [Read More]

Energy Company Seeks Drones, Robotics For Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 07, 2016

The AES Corp. is launching an open innovation contest targeted at improving the safety and increasing the availability of power plants through unmanned inspections in extreme heat. AES, a Fortune 200 global power company, provides energy to 17 countries through [Read More]

Bird-Scouting Drone Helps DONG Energy Plan Offshore Development

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 12, 2016

A drone has been used in a successful trial to count cliff-nesting seabirds at a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) reserve on the U.K. coast. With funding from DONG Energy, the trial took place at Bempton Cliffs, [Read More]

Nordex Turns To Aviation Giant To Bring Drones To Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 23, 2016

The Nordex Group has formed a partnership with Lufthansa Aerial Services (LAS) for unmanned aircraft system (UAS)-supported inspections of wind turbines. According to Nordex, an important part of the technology is being able to conduct close-up inspections of rotor blades [Read More]

Emerging UAS Industry To Help Young U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Forge Ahead

Betsy Lillian
Written by Todd Sumner on September 08, 2016

In addition to operations and maintenance and pre-construction surveying, drones can be used to help detect listed species, such as the North Atlantic right whale, around offshore wind sites.

With New Funding, Drone Company PRENAV Set To Transform Turbine Inspections

Posted by Lauren Tyler on August 26, 2016

San Carlos, Calif.-based PRENAV has raised $6.5 million in seed financing from investor Crosslink Capital, along with Haystack, Liquid 2 Ventures and WI Harper Group. These organizations join existing investors Pear Ventures, Toivo Annus and a number of others. PRENAV [Read More]

Michigan Drone Company Wins DOE Grant For Turbine Inspection Work

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 24, 2016

SkySpecs, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based provider of autonomous drones for the inspection of wind turbines, has received a small-business voucher (SBV) from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) office of energy efficiency and renewable energy, according to an announcement from [Read More]