Companies Orsted, Siemens Gamesa and Esvagt have announced collaboration on a project to deliver spare parts and tools to wind turbines at sea.
The drones would cover the last mile between service operations vessels (SOVs) and technicians working on wind turbines, delivering small components needed for repair.
Orsted is the largest energy company in Denmark. Siemens Gamesa specialises in renewable energy, in particular wind turbines. ESVAGT provides safety and support to those working at sea.
The trio will be working with several other companies on the project, sponsored until June 2020 by the European Regional Development Fund.
Esvagt head of new services business development Flemming Hjorth said: “When we transfer a WTG technician from vessel to WTG, they bring both spare parts and tools with them.
“But it often happens that the technician needs additional equipment, tools or spare parts while inside the WTG.
“Today, such a scenario requires the vessel to return to the WTG, or that we send a transfer boat over to the WTG with the necessary gear, which the technician then has to get down and get. This process can be optimised.”