Two Belgian companies have formed a partnership to use drones for inspection services in the offshore wind energy industry
Two Belgian companies have formed a partnership to use drones for inspection services in the offshore wind energy industry.
DEME Offshore will work with SABCA, a Belgian industry aerospace industry supplier, to reduce operations and maintenance costs using unmanned aerial vehicles and to enhance safety. DEME said it believes that using drones in place of manned access can help to reduce the levelised cost of energy of offshore wind.
DEME chief executive Luc Vandenbulcke said, “We work closely with our renewable energy customers to offer reliable and cost efficient maintenance and repair solutions for their offshore assets. By adding drone services to our solutions, we can provide detailed and highly accurate inspection data, while further increasing safety and reducing downtime and costs.
“More accurate data results in shorter response times, better availability and a higher electricity output. Also, as offshore wind turbines are getting bigger, the industry needs maintenance partners that can follow this trend.”
SABCA Group chief executive Thibauld Jongen said, “The DEME/SABCA partnership is a powerful combination, which is in line with our permanent search for strong technology partners. DEME’s understanding of marine technology and engineering expertise complements SABCA’s drone developments for industrial applications.”