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WInspector

Advanced shearography kit and a robotic deployment platform for on-site inspection of wind turbine blades

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Project "WInspector" data sheet

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Coordinator
WRS MARINE INSPECTIONS AND SERVICES BV 

Organization address
address: BOELEWERF 1 D E
city: RIDDERKERK
postcode: 2987 VD
website: www.wrsmarine.com

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website http://www.winspector.eu
 Total cost 2˙750˙193 €
 EC max contribution 2˙317˙939 € (84%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2. (PRIORITY 'Industrial leadership')
 Code Call H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2019-05-31

 Partnership

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    WRS MARINE INSPECTIONS AND SERVICES BV NL (RIDDERKERK) coordinator 382˙515.00
2    TWI LIMITED UK (CAMBRIDGE) participant 695˙825.00
3    LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY LBG UK (LONDON) participant 613˙522.00
4    AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE EL (ATHINA) participant 346˙964.00
5    SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY S.L. ES (SARRIGUREN) participant 279˙112.00
6    INNORA PROIGMENA TECHNOLOGIKA SYSTIMATA KAI YPIRESIES AE EL (KOROPI ATTIKIS) participant 0.00

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 Project objective

To achieve a thorough investigation for defect presence on a wind turbine blade, close inspection is required. This implies either trained staff tied with ropes on the blade or dismantling and transferring the blade in a workshop environment. While blade dismantling is scarcely used because it requires very long downtime, human inspection also involve a relatively high delay. A solution to this problem is to utilize specially designed platforms that can reach the blade and implement faster inspections on site. However, current systems are not very agile or cannot reach close enough to the blade in order to use a high quality nondestructive technique. Hence, they are mostly used to carry out mere visual inspections. To deal with the aforementioned challenge, our team will commercialize WInspector. WInspector consists of an agile robotic platform able to climb up the wind turbine tower and deploy an advanced Digital Shearography kit that carries out the inspection of a blade at a depth of up to 50mm. Users of WInspector benefit through early detecting emerging defects unseen in a visual inspection performed by competing solutions, with a significantly lower downtime for the WTB, and free of dangerous human labor. We have tested and validated the capabilities of WInspector in relevant environment and based on feedback received by wind farm operators, including project participant Gamesa and Iberdola (who has supported us in writing for this application), we are now ready to take the next steps and complete product development allowing us to bring WInspector into the market. Our vision is to grow our businesses by €19.88 million in gross sales by 2023 and keep growing at 58.8% annually from 2023 onwards. Through our business growth, we will create 181 new jobs. It is our strong belief that the Fast Track to Innovation Pilot is the ideal financial instrument for us to accelerate the procedures required for commercialization.

 Deliverables

List of deliverables.
Report on demonstrations in a working environment Documents, reports 2020-01-30 08:56:39
Website and Advertising material Documents, reports 2020-01-30 08:56:39

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of WInspector deliverables.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Jianxin Gao
Development of Advanced Shearography System for On-Site Inspection of Wind Turbine Blades
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The Wind Energy Sector a European Challenge 21-22 November 2016 2020-01-30
2019 J Gao, H Zheng, V Rosas, M Pachos, J Seton and X Echarte Azcarate
On-site inspection of wind turbine blades using shearography with a robotic deployment system
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BINDT 2019, 58th Annual Conference 3-5 September 2019 2020-01-30

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