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Ok – so yeah – this is the coolest thing ever:

Aerones, after several years of trials and upgrades, opens a new phase in the Renewable Energy maintenance sector. Backed up by a 20 years of R&D experience we elaborated a method for cleaning windmill blades with Drone, which involves not only the way to carry out the operation, but also the appropriate equipment.

Now, Aerones has developed a maintenance method for wind turbines – a cleaning method of wind turbine blades by Drone. Our new service aims to provide an effective, practical and economical alternative for cleaning the wind turbine blades using machinery adapted to the needs as well as technicians who are specialized in cleaning work by Automated Drone.

A lot of factors could provoke the airfoil break of the blades: snow, ice, pollution, humidity, dust, insects, etc.  It is known that a good maintenance of wind turbines and, specially, of the blades can increase the efficiency as much as 20% or even as much as 100% in case of frost or snow on its blades.

The maintenance of these wind turbines is something assumed in a wind turbine operational cost, even though the actual methods are very slow, expensive and involve a high risk for the personnel.

Depending on the size of blades and the wind conditions, Aerones could clean or de-ice 30 blades (10 turbines) in one day with full efficiency and no component spoilage.

By John Fitzgerald Weaver

John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.

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