KPMG, SAS Institute and Proteqnic are now launching an innovative solution that will streamline the operation of wind farms and provide operators with the opportunity to take control of their processes and data. This is done by tapping into an existing drone inspection process and applying advanced data analytics and machine learning to create something entirely new for the industry.
“This collaboration is an interesting example of how revolutionary solutions can be brought to life through a dynamic collaboration between a growing start-up and two strong international companies,” Mats Frisk, Head of Strategic Alliances at KPMG Sweden, said.
Historically, the inspection of wind turbine blades was performed by technicians through rope access, which is a risky, costly and time-consuming task. Nowadays, this is done mainly by inspection companies with the help of drones, who then provide wind power operators with inspection reports containing an annual snapshot of costs. This inevitably leads to high dependency on the recommendations provided by the third party providers, as well as amplifies a lack of overview of the facilities. It also creates a yearly untapped reserve of data.
“Through our solution, we can empower wind power operators by exploring the use of machine learning in an existing, important task and provide them with a tool to control the process and make their own decisions.” Mattias Karlsson, Head of Business Development at Proteqnic, added.
Proteqnic, a spinoff company from Vattenfall Wind, developed the concept that enables wind power operators to take control of the inspection process and was later tested in partnership with KPMG and SAS Institute. Together, they conducted a successful Proof of Concept trial that verified that this solution is indeed effective and scalable.
“The drones gathered a total of 16,000 images that were automatically analyzed through machine learning, of which 2,000 taught and built the model,” Mats Frisk explained,” the Proof of Concept showed us that there is room for efficiency that can both reduce overhead costs and make it easier to plan up-to-date quality improvements.”
“We are very happy and proud of this collaboration. In the future, we will be able to deliver this solution to a broad group of wind power operators,” Mattias Karlsson said,” They will discover a completely new perspective with valuable forecasts that will, by all means, change the game.”
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