The evaluation comittees have announced the winners of the competition, which consisted of solving five technical challenges in the field of renewable energy through innovative ideas. Pro-Drone has been awarded in the category “Use of drones/satellites in E&C/O&M activities”.
The winners have been selected out of 130 proposals received, getting a prize of € 10,000 each. On this occasion, Pro-Drone proposed an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that provides a solution for blade inspection of wind turbines which includes space awareness sensors.
According to the organisers, Pro-Drone was declared the winner because: “Typically, full blade inspection requires 12 minutes while the expected LCOE reduction is about 0,12%, if these UAVs are used for O&M supervising activities”. They also supported the decision by saying that Pro-Drone´s proposal had “experience in the sector, high technical feasibility, applicability to EGP business and accuracy of economic analysis”.