Hundreds of thousands of hard to reach wind turbine blades must be inspected yearly in Europe and around the world and existing visual inspection methods are rather slow, inaccurate, costly and require complex coordination and logistics between UAV operators, turbine operators and in case of the offshore environment also marine coordination centers, support vessel crew, and others involved entities.
This project, which is built on previous research done by LARICS through FP7 project EuRoC, will result in:
i) implementation of novel methods for UAVs navigation and control, based on state-of-the-art technologies (e.g. stereo-vision systems, LIDARs, depth cameras),
ii) increase in the speed and efficiency of wind turbine inspection, and
iii) a significant decrease in the cost of inspection and downtime of wind turbines.
The project partner is Helvetis SA from Switzerland.