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Nordex and Lufthansa team up for drone inspections of wind turbines

Staff Writer |
The Nordex Group has formed a partnership with Lufthansa Aerial Services (LAS) for drone-supported inspection of its wind turbines.

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In doing so the manufacturer intends to draw on the experience of a global aviation expert that has know-how in research, development and automation and itself uses drone-assisted inspections in the construction industry or for aircraft.

For Nordex Service customers this offers additional possibilities for continuously monitoring the status of rotor blades using the very latest technology.

One important area of application for drone technology is the close-up inspection of rotor blades without the need for rope teams.

Rotor blades have to be inspected regularly as they are exposed to the wind, weather and considerable strains and in this way might develop wear from erosion. With the aid of the services offered by LAS the Nordex Group can develop and implement timely and specific service and repair instructions.

Furthermore, by collecting a large amount of data the manufacturer can monitor the ageing of the turbines and find out for each specific type at which intervals a rotor blade has to be inspected or serviced with a view to preventive maintenance.

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