Buss Vitality Group invests in Aero Enterprise – Drones Information
The Buss Energy Group from Hamburg is continuing its growth course with a strategic share of 24.9 percent in Aero Enterprise GmbH from Linz. The Austrian company has been conducting inspection flights on onshore and offshore wind turbines with self-developed flying robots since 2013.
The drones are based on helicopter technology and can therefore also be used at high wind speeds. This strength – a key quality of the AERO-SensorCopter that is superior to the typical quadrocopter – is particularly relevant on the high seas. Here weather conditions are a common obstacle. Long flight times of the drones are also of great advantage, especially for offshore use. As a result, no additional stop landing is required as the size of the wind power plants increases. In addition, the drone inspection flight is completely autonomous and is continuously monitored.
The high-resolution image data are evaluated with the specially developed AERO software package. The detection and classification of damage is largely automated with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). The subsequent automation of the data transfer into the customer’s software environment and the automatically generated reports enable efficient and objective reporting on the condition of the wind turbines and possible repairs. In addition, the drones can provide accurate comparative data from previous inspections. This future-oriented technology is suitable for all types of inspections on wind turbines: for example, to determine the need for repairs, for handovers as part of the commissioning of new systems, for warranty inspections and recurring inspections.
The Buss Energy Group had already expanded its portfolio last year by purchasing two companies.
In addition to port logistics for the construction of offshore wind farms, the service group has also been offering the installation and maintenance of wind turbines and rotor blades on land and at sea in Germany and Europe since 2019.
“The inspection by drone was the next logical step for us to complete our portfolio,” explains Managing Director Martin Schulz. “We can offer our customers a highly professional analysis of their wind turbines. The technology creates predictability with regard to the necessary value retention measures to increase plant productivity. From our point of view, drones are the most efficient and leading technology for the precise documentation and evaluation of an inspection. “
Robert Hörmann, CEO of Aero Enterprise, emphasizes: “The Buss Energy Group is the perfect strategic partner for us. Buss Energy’s professional sales structures and many years of operating experience in the wind sector will help to further establish our technology on the market. “