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Four wind giants team up to haul spare parts via drone

Vestas, Siemens Gamesa, Ørsted and Vattenfall are working together to develop freight drones to transport spare parts to offshore wind farms up to 80 kilometers from shore.

Photo: Ørsted

Looking forward, drones can be used to haul spare parts and tools from onshore warehouses directly to an offshore wind turbine's nacelle. This is both meant to reduce the need for cranes, shorten journey time for technicians sailing out to installations – and to make drones a central part of the offshore wind supply chain, according to OEMs Vestas and Siemens Gamesa as well as facility owners Ørsted and Vattenfall.

These four major wind sector players have thus joined forced with the University of Aalborg in Northern Denmark as well as several subsuppliers in support of project Add2Wind, filing under industry alliance Energy Cluster Denmark.

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