Perceptual Robotics on due diligence and end of warranty

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Perceptual Robotics discusses why it is so important to undertake due diligence when acquiring a wind farm. A Blade Inspection Report by Perceptual Robotics provides all the information you need to have peace of mind when purchasing your asset. Plus, when your warranty draws to a close, a Perceptual Robotics’ Report makes sure you have the correct information you need moving forward.

In the past, due diligence was often considered irrelevant as wind turbines were smaller in both scale and power. Now, with huge blades and high-power turbines, each minute of downtime is hugely significant and, if major repair work is needed, such as a rampant leading edge erosion or repairing a full set of Category 3 and 4 damages, the costs can soon drastically add-up. 

As such, when it comes to buying or selling a wind farm, all assets must be thoroughly checked to avoid any unfortunate surprises with regard to their status or condition. Having an independent blade inspection to validate the health of the blades is crucial to all parties involved. 

A blade inspection by Perceptual Robotics includes a full and detailed report with high-quality images as standard. The real-time state of the blades will be shown and should damage be discovered, appropriate measures can be decided, budgeted and taken into account in the Purchase Agreement.

It is not just purchasing an asset which requires such due diligence. When the end of warranty is reached, you will need to make sure the existing company has fulfilled all its obligations with regards to blade repair. A blade inspection report can support you in making an informed decision. 

Reaching the end of your warranty is also a great opportunity to rethink how you want your inspections to be made and reported on in the future. We suggest setting up guidelines and clear responsibilities in the contracts to help you better manage and optimise your costs. Having the raw data in your control, regardless of who performed the inspection and past or future changes of the subcontractor will also provide a piece of valuable information on your asset you can use when optimising future O&M contracts or designing business plans.

Did you know inspections can help you lower your insurance costs too? By providing access to inspections, and submitting a plan for inspection campaigns to your insurers, they will be able to assess and quantify risks and may even lower your premiums.  You will also be able to predict which events may trigger an insurance compensation in an easier way by relating to previous or post-incident inspections.  In the future, as they start perceiving its full potential, we will see more and more compulsory blade inspections required both by insurers and lenders in project finance.

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Perceptual Robotics announces new partnership with EuroEnergy with drone acquisition

This is an image of the EuroEnergy team flying our Dhalion drone

Perceptual Robotics has entered an innovative new inspections partnership with global renewable investments company EuroEnergy.

The company, which has bases in the UK and Europe, has been carrying out wind turbine inspections at EuroEnergy’s site in Greece earlier this year successfully using its unique DOT drone and Dhalion system.

EuroEnergy, which is a subsidiary of Libra Group, has now bought a Perceptual Robotics’ Dhalion drone, allowing them to conduct their own drone inspections going forward while receiving all the benefits of inspections’ analysis and reports from the Bristol-based company.

The Dhalion system is designed to undertake autonomous in-depth turbine inspections, collecting high-quality data from turbines in less than 20 minutes, and quickly analyse the data collected. 

EuroEnergy is a renewable energy investment company with operating assets in Greece and Romania with a track record of acquiring, developing and operating more than 500MW renewable energy assets across biogas, solar and wind power. The Libra Group is focused on six sectors: aviation, renewable energy, maritime, hospitality, real estate, and diversified investments, with subsidiaries active across six continents.

Theofanis Mermigkousis, COO of EuroEnergy, said Perceptual Robotics had impressed them by offering a different type of inspection for its wind turbines.

He said: “As one of the leading renewable energy companies with operating assets in Greece and Romania, ensuring we can keep our turbines at maximum output is essential to the success of EuroEnergy. Perceptual Robotics’ Dhalion drone has the benefit of being fully automated while allowing us to track the progress of any damage on our turbines over multiple inspections. This means we can ensure we are maintaining our assets to the best of our ability, cutting costs and increasing safety. We are delighted to enter into this partnership with Perceptual Robotics.”

Perceptual Robotics initially carried out inspections at EuroEnergy’s Tripoli site in the summer, doing everything in house to demonstrate the technology.  

Engineers at EuroEnergy have now undergone training with Perceptual Robotics to operate their own Dhalion drone, allowing the company to carry out their own inspections in house on wind turbines and explore together solar panels inspection. Perceptual Robotics will continue to produce the results of each inspection within 48 hours, with EuroEnergy able to access the data anywhere in the world.

Kostas Karachalios, CEO of Perceptual Robotics, said the two companies were exploring the possibility of using Dhalion to inspect EuroEnergy’s solar sites in the future.

He said: “This is the beginning of a great partnership between EuroEnergy and Perceptual Robotics. We are thrilled they have singled-out Dhalion as their inspection system of choice after experiencing the success of the system for themselves at inspections we carried out this summer. We look forward to strengthening this relationship over time with the possibility of inspecting EuroEnergy’s solar and other assets.”

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WindEnergy Hamburg Day 1

This is a photo of the Perceptual Robotics team at their stand.

What a day it has been at WindEnergy Hamburg! It’s been an amazing opportunity to celebrate the industry and showcase our Dhalion system.  

If you missed us today, come say hello to our team at Hall A4 Stand 146 tomorrow.

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Damage progression and the importance of early detection

It is easy to underestimate the value of a system that reliably and accurately finds damage on your turbine blades. When damage is missed during a review it is allowed to progress and increase in severity, which has multiple implications on O&M costs. More severe damage is more expensive to fix.

It is also more difficult to fix, which means a longer turbine downtime is needed during repair. More severe damage also causes greater efficiency losses i.e. as leading edge erosion increases in severity the overall efficiency of the turbine comes down during operation.

It is worth considering whether this is a real problem - is damage being systematically missed? To assess this, we carried out a review of historic inspections with current technology (AI), and discovered that up to 15% of damage in those inspections had been missed. The client estimated that late detection, and the additional cost of repair and downtime, was 10x the cost of the inspection.

This clearly highlights the difference between an average inspection and a good one. When you scale this to hundreds or thousands of wind turbines, a system that is built around reliability represents a disproportionate increase in value.

At Perceptual Robotics, we are now working to take this a step further by not only reliably detecting damage but also helping customers make the best decisions about what to do with that information.

To do this, we leverage historical inspection data, with damage accurately localised on the blades and matched across inspections through time and show it in a single screen and in the reports, so reviewers can easily track damage progression across time. This information is coupled with site and turbine specific information.

For instance, leading edge erosion progresses at a much faster rate on larger blades and in rainy and windy conditions. The combination of this information allows us to predict future damage evolution and help our customers optimise their repair strategy.

These are two images of a wind turbine blade showing the damages on them.

The same type of damage on different blades in different environments requires different repair strategies.

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Join us at WindEnergy Hamburg

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Want to talk turbine inspections, repair strategies or just understand our unique Dhalion system a bit more? Find us at Hall A4 Stand 146 at WindEnergy Hamburg or get in touch to arrange a meeting.

On the 28th and 29th at 11:30am we will be holding a live explanation of our Dhalion system for autonomous drone blade inspections. Don’t miss hearing more about our unique system straight from the experts.

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An insightful time at Onshore Wind Conference 2022

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Onshore Wind Conference 2022 was one not to miss! From the changing policy landscape to future routes to market, it has been brilliant to be a part of the discussions shaping the future of onshore wind. 

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Perceptual Robotics to attend Onshore Wind Conference 2022

This is an image of our drone at the beginning of an inspection

What is the scope of the UK’s onshore wind ambition, and what opportunities does it offer the industry? At Onshore Wind Conference 2022, our UK Sales and Business Manager, Derek Rutherford, will join leading onshore wind and industry experts to discover what the future of onshore wind entails.

Want to talk #inspections #wind #robotics? Get in touch to meet with Derek.

 

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Perceptual Robotics successfully wraps up another contract

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That’s a wrap! After a busy few weeks inspecting more than 130 turbines at 8 different sites across Scotland, we’ve delivered another successful contract. Our DOT system continues to perform exceptionally, delivering results on time to inform maintenance actions.

Want to get a head start over the next season? Get in touch to discuss our all-year-round inspections and how we can help optimise your repair strategy.

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Lucía Roca on data review turnaround time

Did you know traditionally it can take up to two weeks for customers to receive wind turbine inspection results? However, at Perceptual Robotics we’ve been able to reduce our data review process by 5 times, enabling clients to view their inspection results within just 48 hours.

 

 

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Perceptual Robotics to attend WindEnergy Hamburg

This is an image of the team working on one of the drones in the office.

WindEnergy Hamburg is just around the corner and the team at Perceptual Robotics are gearing up to play our part. To find out how our autonomous offshore and onshore inspections can optimise your repair strategy, get in touch to arrange a meeting.

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