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Yes, we’ve had some cosmetic changes carried out. What this means is our brand has never looked better but most importantly, our resolve around wind power automation has never been stronger

The simple truth is that when the energetic value of the harvested raw material – in our case the wind resource, is not directly measured – it is by definition impossible to accurately determine whether production levels are consistent with required WTG power-curves.

This is the incentive for the deployment of external wind measurement/performance monitoring technologies in operating wind farms – the most common of these technologies being LiDAR devices.

However, LiDARs have exceedingly low penetration in the wind-power OPEX market – mainly due to their cost and extensive logistics: They have to be moved from one WTG to the next, calibrated, carried, and even craned if nacelle based. This results in a minuscule number of turbines that are constantly monitored for performance issues – examples of which originate in phenomena such as nacelle misalignment, sector-based power reduction, software-induced power reduction, and different control/sensor drifts.

In short, stationary devices which require manned labor fall short when it comes to constant farm-wide performance monitoring and therefore significant income recovery potential remains untapped. Enter the era of unmanned & resident robotics.


Wind turbines are remote, unmanned, and very tall, and therefore naturally well complimented by resident (permanently on site) airborne robotics for various use cases – inspection for example. In the case at hand, the positioning of an aircraft that can accurately measure upwind of any and all WTGs in a wind farm, and while doing so automatically adjusts its position to the prevailing wind sector, leads to constant, farm-wide WTG performance monitoring and analysis, which in turn leads to significant income recovery.