On June 23rd, 2015, SkySpecs was awarded a 333 exemption – the only type of clearance that authorizes companies to legally fly drones in the US. As UpWind’s official partner in the wind industry, this FAA Exemption allows SkySpecs to fly an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with their proprietary collision-avoidance technology called Guardian to visually inspect and photograph wind turbines.
UpWind Solutions was honored to be selected as one of the companies that Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz visited at WINDPOWER 2015 in order to display our latest developments in wind farm O&M Excellence.
"We are counting on you being a huge part of the solution," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz regarding wind energy to the audience at the opening ceremony of WINDPOWER 2015. This was a historic year for the conference as it was the first time in 15 years that the Secretary of Energy has made an appearance, shown support and a renewed commitment to wind energy.
UpWind Solutions, Inc., North America’s most comprehensive independent operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider for wind energy, adds blade inspections using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to their services by partnering with SkySpecs. The partnership will revolutionize the way wind turbines are inspected, by delivering high quality images for reports, improving safety and reducing inspection costs.
On February 15th, the FAA issued a Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the future outlook of small drones (under 55 pounds). Overall the proposed rules were far more lenient than many people in the industry had expected. A few key rules for the wind O&M industry include: