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Robotic Wind Turbine Care Systems | Aerones

Wind Turbine Conductivity Inspection

Lightning Protection System Inspection and Maintenance tools

Aerones robotic tools allow wind turbine owners to inspect the health of the LPS, detect down conductor damages, and repair oxidation of the receptor wires. Prevent your lightning turbine blades from being hit by lightning. The sophisticated robotic inspection system offers you deep insight by measuring the LPS full-loop and by high voltage procedure to identify open circuits or resistance issues.

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Less Downtime

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Turbines Inspected Daily

High Voltage Gap TesterReceptor DamagesOxidation CureDown Conductor GAP ScanningCertificationCase StudyReportsDrainage Hole Cleaning

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A full LPS inspection takes less than 2 to 3 hours including the setup and the dismantling of the robotic system. That is faster compared to the traditional rope access technique which is also a lot riskier considering that the technicians are working in dangerous heights.

Performing the full circuit test also allows finding where the wind turbine LPS system has missing connections, i.e., between the hub and the nacelle, the tower, and so on.

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Although wind turbines are installed with LPS, there are still cases where blades and whole turbines are destroyed by lightning strikes. Considering the 20- to 25-year design life of wind turbines, it is important to safeguard them from lightning strikes, because the damage associated with it will cause the downtime of the turbine operation, causing extra costs for maintenance and a shortage of electricity.

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Testimonials

Currently, it is essential to robotize maintenance activities to reduce accidents, increase productivity and improve results. The potential is huge. We used Aerones’ technology in LPS inspection and drainage hole cleaning at the Red Dirt and Thunder Ranch Wind Plants, in Oklahoma (US). Aerones was tested on 14 units at Red Dirt and 17 turbines at Thunder Ranch. It was an operational and economic success.

Francisco J. Valle Wind Innovation Product Owner at Enel Green Power

The robotic LPS services were delivered in a high quality. The results were accepted by the insurance company to complete the obligation. Aerones demonstrated professional communication and capability to perform in challenging conditions. It has been a pleasure working with Aerones.

Heiko Voss CEO Vosswind

Aerones performed lightning conductivity test for 100 wind turbines in preperation for End of Warranty claims at our wind farm in Seymour, Texas. The robotic sercices have been high quality and expeditious with an average of 3 WTGs tested per day.

Anand Narayanan VP Asset Management at AREVON

In addition to the conductivity measurement, the system is also suitable for repair work as well as coatings on the leading edge of the blade, visual inspections of the blade surface and interior or for cleaning work on the turbine. We see a lot of potential in this technology. In the future, we could save both time and money.

Axel Stelzer Head of Technical Management at wpd windmanager

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