DEME Offshore and Sabca have successfully tested drones at North Sea Wind Farm

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The tests, which according to DEME are the first commercial cross-border BVLOS drone operations to take place at offshore wind farms in the North Sea, are the first step in replacing traditional manned methods for a variety of operations.

A diverse range of tests were performed for a variety of use cases, including search and rescue operations, environmental surveys, turbine and substation inspections, and parcel deliveries. Both a multicopter drone and a fixed-wing surveillance drone with a wingspan of more than 3 m were deployed in parallel.

By combining drone operations with the use of artificial intelligence for automatic image processing, a strong set of tools has been developed to automate operations that are currently being executed by people. The two companies believe that these solutions can be applied beyond the offshore wind industry to a range of safety-critical missions at sea or on land.



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