Unmanned inspectors can provide comprehensive O&M picture
Posted by Charles Decuir on August 2, 2017 9:20 AM EDT
The offshore wind industry continues to focus on ever-larger turbines as a means of cost reduction, but there is also a huge opportunity to reduce costs by focusing on operations and maintenance
Recognition that O&M costs can be reduced significantly is leading to greater attention on new vessel concepts and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. But it doesn’t stop there: autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) or unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs as they are sometimes known) have a potential role to play too.