September 26 (SeeNews) - Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex SE (ETR:NDX1) will partner with air carrier Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ETR:LHA) to use drones for wind turbine inspection, the two German companies said on Friday.
A key area of application is carrying out regular, close-up inspection of rotor blades without the need for rope teams. The photographic material collected will provide for quick response and specific maintenance and repair instructions, while the repeated capturing of data will make it possible to monitor the aging process of wind parks, according to the announcements.
The partnership is with Lufthansa Aerial Services (LAS) -- a new business of Lufthansa that is part of Lufthansa Consulting GmbH.
"On the basis of the large quantity of very precise data that LAS will provide us with on the regular inspection flights we will be able to make detailed analyses as well as optimise our turbines and our service," said Bo Moerup, head of Global Service of the Nordex Group, adding that this would help lower the cost of wind energy.
Andreas Jahnke, managing director of Lufthansa Consulting, said that the market potential for the commercial use of drones in the wind sector was growing rapidly and noted that in addition to rotor blade inspection, another area of application was monitoring the construction of wind parks.