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13 SkySpecs CEO Danny Ellis on Automated Wind farms and Drone Inspections The Uptime Wind Energy Podcast

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SkySpecs CEO Danny Ellis joined us to talk about the fully automated wind farm, and his vision for using data and autonomous drone inspections to revolutionize operations and maintenance in the wind energy industry. How can Skyspecs' automated, high-tech wind turbine drone inspections impact the wind industry? And how can their proprietary Horizon software use data analytics to make operations and maintenance easier and more cost-efficient than ever? He shared his big vision with us in Uptime Episode 13.







Learn more about Skyspecs and what they can do for wind farm operators.







Learn more about Weather Guard Lightning Tech’s StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. Have a question we can answer on the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast? Email us! 







Watch the video version on Youtube.







Full Transcript: Uptime EP13 - SkySpecs CEO Danny Ellis Wants to Create the Automated Wind Farm







Dan Blewett: [00:00:00] Alright. Welcome back to Uptime. So we've got an awesome guest today. Danny Ellis, the CEO of SkySpecs is here with us. Allen. So having already recorded this conversation, what were some of your takeaways from, from Danny Ellis?







Allen Hall: [00:00:21] To me. It's about the technology, Danny and SkySpecs are bringing it to the wind turbine market.







They are really pushing the envelope in terms of technology. It's not a drone company anymore. It is now a data company and a, a management company to make sure that you wind turbines are operating at their optimum and you can prevent. Really severe damage by using the technology in their horizon software.







It's an amazing piece of equipment they have in an amazing piece of software. So a very interesting interview with Danny.







Dan Blewett: [00:00:57] Yeah. I, just hearing the way they can do these models of, of the wind turbine, the way their drones, you know, their operators basically take them out, hit star and the drone.







Automatically flies, maps out the, you know, all three blades, you know, scans for damage, and then they can give that all that data back to their customers. And the horizon software is pretty intense. I, I mean, some of the things you just wouldn't think about, like, Oh yeah, I could get my own drone and, and inspect my own wind turbines, but.







He rings up a lot of really good points, which is you're going to get that close to the blades, even when they're not spinning without crashing that thing over and over and over to do 15 wind turbines in a day, which is, which is what they can do. And to have them doing that in an automated way. Cause that's, I think that was my big takeaway is how they were engineering for scale.







Not just for like, yeah. Anyone could grab a drone and just go survey a drone or a turbine for one day, but can you scale that? Right? That's why it's gotta be automated.

SkySpecs CEO Danny Ellis joined us to talk about the fully automated wind farm, and his vision for using data and autonomous drone inspections to revolutionize operations and maintenance in the wind energy industry. How can Skyspecs' automated, high-tech wind turbine drone inspections impact the wind industry? And how can their proprietary Horizon software use data analytics to make operations and maintenance easier and more cost-efficient than ever? He shared his big vision with us in Uptime Episode 13.







Learn more about Skyspecs and what they can do for wind farm operators.







Learn more about Weather Guard Lightning Tech’s StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. Have a question we can answer on the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast? Email us! 







Watch the video version on Youtube.







Full Transcript: Uptime EP13 - SkySpecs CEO Danny Ellis Wants to Create the Automated Wind Farm







Dan Blewett: [00:00:00] Alright. Welcome back to Uptime. So we've got an awesome guest today. Danny Ellis, the CEO of SkySpecs is here with us. Allen. So having already recorded this conversation, what were some of your takeaways from, from Danny Ellis?







Allen Hall: [00:00:21] To me. It's about the technology, Danny and SkySpecs are bringing it to the wind turbine market.







They are really pushing the envelope in terms of technology. It's not a drone company anymore. It is now a data company and a, a management company to make sure that you wind turbines are operating at their optimum and you can prevent. Really severe damage by using the technology in their horizon software.







It's an amazing piece of equipment they have in an amazing piece of software. So a very interesting interview with Danny.







Dan Blewett: [00:00:57] Yeah. I, just hearing the way they can do these models of, of the wind turbine, the way their drones, you know, their operators basically take them out, hit star and the drone.







Automatically flies, maps out the, you know, all three blades, you know, scans for damage, and then they can give that all that data back to their customers. And the horizon software is pretty intense. I, I mean, some of the things you just wouldn't think about, like, Oh yeah, I could get my own drone and, and inspect my own wind turbines, but.







He rings up a lot of really good points, which is you're going to get that close to the blades, even when they're not spinning without crashing that thing over and over and over to do 15 wind turbines in a day, which is, which is what they can do. And to have them doing that in an automated way. Cause that's, I think that was my big takeaway is how they were engineering for scale.







Not just for like, yeah. Anyone could grab a drone and just go survey a drone or a turbine for one day, but can you scale that? Right? That's why it's gotta be automated.

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