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Ørsted uses drones to service taller wind turbines

Wind turbines may be increasing in size, but so is the price of turbine maintenance. Danish utility Ørsted has a new approach to curbing expenses.

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The maintenance of taller offshore wind turbines requires extra resources. Ørsted will now use drones to limit costs, reports Danish business daily Børsen.

32 enormous wind turbines off the coast of Liverpool, approximately 145 meters over sea level, normally require an inspector to spend two hours on each unit. Getting through that entire wind farm therefore takes an entire working week. One drone can go through the entire facility in roughly one day.

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