UK company Energy Integrity Services has been developing new technology that should save the European wind industry GBP 250 million annually in maintenance costs. The development of EchoBolt, which uses ultrasonics to test the tension on the wind turbine bolts, is funded by Innovate UK and is now also supported by GE Renewable Energy and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. GE and ORE Catapult will accommodate the deployment of the EchoBolt prototype at the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine and then on one of GE’s operational wind turbines. The technology is said to be able to reduce manual working at offshore wind farms and drastically cut the cost of inspecting and retorquing wind turbine bolts.
Offshorewind.biz 20th Jan 2020 read more »