Can you tell us something about Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy?
‘Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy was created in April, 2017, with the merger of Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica and Siemens Wind Power. The new company has 27.000 employees and boasts a global installed capacity of roughly 46.000 wind turbines or 75GW. Siemens Wind Power has been a pioneer and a leading OEM in Offshore Wind and have some of the longest experience in the design, production, installation and service of offshore wind turbines and in particular; Wind turbine blades.
Digitalization is an important topic for our company, and we see a big potential in visual inspection technologies and we know from our experience with blade maintenance that we can use drones to lower the cost of wind. We are excited to to see the upcoming innovations from new and established players in the inspection business and explore new business opportunities.’
What are your biggest technological challenges at the moment?
‘There is a profound need to lower the cost of inspection data acquisition and analysis through automation. The businss case from offshore blade maintenance will help mature the technology as a whole before it can be successfully leveraged to other components and other uses. Before we can truly industrialize this technology, there are some industry challenges that need to be solved for blades first: Standards and the willingness to share data will be key. ’
What do you hope people will learn from your presentation at TUS Nordics?
‘This year we successfully implemented a data value chain and a portal solution that allows us to take in data from multiple inspection suppliers and technologies. With more than 750 turbines inspected this season and with a tested and proved concept, we foresee a significantly higher need next season. To meet this demand we want to have a solid base of inspection suppliers that can comply with our imaging and meta data requirements. To get a long term relationship with us, we expect inspection suppliers to contiously deliver on operational quality and inspection performance.
I will be speaking about our experience, some of our ambitions and where we would like the drone technologies to develop in terms of quality, performance and innovation.’
What presentation do you hope to give in 5 years?
‘Drones, Data and Automation – How Siemens Gamesa helped drastically reduce the cost of wind by being an industry technology leader.’