Upteko's solution for offshore windmills

Upteko's Drones Revolutionize Windmill Inspections

In an era where renewable energy is paramount, Upteko has positioned itself at the forefront of innovation within the wind energy sector. Through strategic collaborations with leading service technology providers such as Siemens and leveraging a rich experience in windmill inspections, Upteko now pioneers a revolutionary drone platform designed specifically with the wind industry in mind.


The LARK™ Solution

Central to Upteko’s offering is the LARK™ drone, meticulously engineered to excel in the demanding maritime environment of offshore wind turbine inspections. LARK™ delivers high quality aerial data with unparalleled efficiency and safety, marking a significant advancement in how wind turbines are inspected and maintained. This results in much greater efficiency through reduced downtime. Utilizing the Phase One P3 camera payload, it's now possible to inspect offshore windmills without shutting them down. This solution greatly increases efficency in the offshore energy sector.

Upteko says that the LARK™ is built with adaptability and flexibility at its core, offering customizable solutions to meet the unique needs of clients. The inclusion of an Upteko companion computer enables users to install pre-programmed information and geo-referenced 3D trajectories for precise and efficient inspections. This makes it possible for the drone to follow meticulously planned routes, capturing numerous images based on camera specifications, flight altitude, and post-processing performance. These images are geo-referenced in real-time, allowing seamless integration and analysis to inspect turbine blades and towers, efficiently and safely revealing the precise locations of damages or anomalies.


Data Security

Upteko made the LARK™ with data security as a top priority, ensuring clients can access critical information safely and reliably. By adhering to stringent data protection protocols, Upteko guarantees the integrity and confidentiality of all inspection data, mitigating risks and safeguarding sensitive information.


Industry Impact and Future Prospects

The introduction of the LARK™ drone comes at a pivotal time for the wind energy sector, which is under increasing pressure to enhance operational efficiency and minimize downtime. Traditional manual inspections of wind turbines are not only time-consuming but also come with inherent safety risks and high costs. By utilizing drones like the LARK™, the industry can perform inspections more frequently and thoroughly without the need for human intervention in hazardous conditions.

Experts in the field of renewable energy have praised Upteko's innovative approach. It not only increases the safety of operations but also significantly improves the efficiency and reliability of the energy output.

Upteko's advancements align with global trends toward automation and digitalization in energy management. As countries around the world set ambitious targets for renewable energy adoption, the need for reliable and efficient maintenance solutions becomes critical. The market is changing, and a much greater focus is being put on data safety, as georeferenced footage of critical infrastructure needs to be kept safe, considering the global situation and what's happening in Ukraine.

Upteko's drones offer a promising solution to these challenges, potentially setting new standards for the industry.


Challenges and Opportunities

While the benefits of drone technology in wind turbine inspections are clear, there are also challenges to be addressed. Regulatory hurdles, particularly concerning airspace and regulations around flying beyond visual line of sight. Upteko's commitment to data security and compliance with stringent regulatory standards positions them well to address these concerns.

The potential applications of Upteko's drone technology extend beyond wind turbine inspections. There is growing interest in using similar UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) solutions for other aspects of renewable energy infrastructure, such as solar panel inspections and energy storage facility monitoring, but also as inspctions and training tools for fire departments, police and the military.



Upteko's LARK™ drone represents a significant leap forward in the maintenance and inspection of wind turbines. By combining advanced technology with robust data security measures, Upteko is not only enhancing the operational efficiency of wind farms but also contributing to the broader goal of sustainable energy development. As the renewable energy sector continues to grow, innovations like those from Upteko will be crucial in meeting the world's energy needs in a safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly manner.

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