It is widely reported that the offshore wind sector exceeded 10GW of installations in 2021, and with floating wind attracting billions of new investment, wind will continue to be a growing contributor to green energy production globally.
It is crucial to maintain wind turbine blades regularly, due to the high stress leading to defects or even damage. Traditionally blades are shipped to a workshop for inspection off-site, which is extremely time-consuming and very costly. Ultrasonic NDT systems detect internal damages in wind turbine blades without the necessity to ship the blades off-site.
Tidal power is another promising source of the renewable energy, captured by tidal stream generators. However, due to continuous operation under harsh marine conditions, generators need periodic testing for faults. Ultrasonic NDT inspection is used to verify integrity of the critical composite components; the hydrofoils used in tidal power plants.