ProDrone receives award for its innovation in renewables

The InnoEnergy-supported startup Pro-Drone has been recently chosen by Enel Green Power as one of the seven winners of the Innovation Competition launched in 2015.

pro-drone_uav_resized-300x200The 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”.