Seattle, WA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/20/2019 -- Wind turbine inspection drones are small-sized unmanned air vehicles that are used for the obtain information and images for mapping, monitoring, assessment, and analysis of turbine blades, nacelles, and towers. These drones are equipped with advanced software to provide unique datasheets and vertical specific heuristics to streamline the assessment workflows through real-time and scalable reporting features.
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Significant decay in power output efficiency due to leading edge erosion of blades, blade wrinkling, towers, lightning receptor problems, and nacelle problems require the timely monitoring and assessment. Furthermore, traditional methods of examination include employment of workers suspended through cable and harness supports, use of field telescopes or binoculars. This poses a lot of risk on the workers' life, with method having several limitations such as exclusion of blade defects assessment that are invisible to naked eye, access to some precarious areas, and more. The wind turbine inspection drones eliminate all these drawbacks which is expected to drive growth of the global wind turbine inspection drone market.
Wind Turbine Inspection Drone Market Taxonomy
On the basis of offerings, the global wind turbine inspection drones market is classified into:
- Solutions and services
According to Global Wind energy Council (GWEC), cumulative installed capacities of these towers was over 485 GW, which is expected to surpass 800 GW by 2021 with double digit growth rates over the time span. Increasing focus towards global warming and pollution levels, requirement of harnessing green energy sources are expected to garner exponential adoption rates of these renewable energy sources which will in turn drive the wind turbine inspection drones market growth over the forecast period. Maintenance of uninterrupted and consistent power outputs, reduction in examination and maintenance downtimes will be the major factors contributing to the growth of the industry.
SkySpecs Solution fully automated assessment workflows that are featured with full assessment turnaround time within 48 hours. AirFusion is another company that builds AI based solutions to automate damage discovery. These are among the few of the many product offerings utilized to enhance the examination outputs. Moreover, players are increasingly making efforts to enhance the hardware product offerings. For instance, Pro-Drone, introduced customizable solutions for enhanced positional awareness for the blades placement.
Regulatory compliances that restrict the utilization of these UAVs are expected to present considerable growth challenge to the industry participants
FAA regulations in the U.S., requirement of specific qualifications, certifications, or design modifications, regulations regarding VLOS and BVLOS, and its distinctness across countries is expected to be the major factor that will hamper the industry growth. According to our research, several countries that include parts of Western Europe and U.S. are expected to upgrade regulations regarding use of UAVs, which may relax the stringency of the regulations. This may also present significant growth barriers to the new entrants in the industry.
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U.S. dominated the overall industry share in 2016 is expected to continue its dominance over the next few years, primarily owing to the largest utilization of the UAVs for various applications in the region. Moreover, according to our research commercial applications in the region will witness high end use inclinations. According to GWEC, Asia Pacific and Europe have considerably large power generating facilities in relation to North America. Amendments in the regulations to support utilization of these UAVs for inspection purposes may garner huge market potential over the coming years.
Key industry participants in the wind turbine inspection drones market include Aeryon Labs, Hexagon, Strat Aero, Cyberhawk Innovations, and UpWind Solutions. Some other major industry participants include AIRPIX, AeroVision Canada, Aerialtronics, DJI, AutoCopter, DroneView Technologies, HUVr, Eagle Eye Solutions, Intel, Monarch, Romax Technology, and Pro-Drone.