Ørsted, DSV Trial Drone Transport Use for Offshore Wind Farm Operations
Ørsted and transport and logistics company DSV are testing long-distance drone transport of spare parts and tools in the Kattegat. Ørsted is exploring new ways to ensure high wind farm availability and reduce carbon emissions from service logistics. The two companies are assessing the role cargo drones potentially can play in sustainable logistics for offshore wind farms.
Offshore wind farms are usually located far from shore, and the service technicians and necessary spare parts are usually transported by ship. Technicians bring their tools and the components most often needed for the wind turbines, but if special spare parts are needed, they must go back onshore to get them. This is both costly and time-consuming, and the repairs are therefore often delayed until the next day. As an alternative, cargo drones can offer logistics support, especially for small spare parts, contributing to a much faster wind turbine…