Blades Europe Forum, 18 - 19 February 2020


Headline Sponsor

Siemens Gamesa

Siemens Gamesa is a leading supplier of wind power solutions to customers all over the globe. A key player and innovative pioneer in the renewable energy sector, helping to make clean energy more affordable and reliable. We have installed products and technology with a total capacity base of over 100 GW in more than 90 countries.

Through its advanced digital capabilities, the company offers one of the broadest product portfolios in the industry as well as industry-leading service solutions for the maintenance and optimization of wind turbines, providing a holistic, lifetime-care service through innovation and digitalization; from technical assistance to complete asset management. And not only for Siemens Gamesa wind turbines but also for third party assets.

Cocktail Sponsor


Bladena specializes in structural understanding of wind turbine blades. The company was founded in 2011 as a spin-out from Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Here advanced knowledge of blades was accumulated for over 10 years.

Bladena provides solutions that eliminate the root cause of structural damages on blades. Additionally, Bladena offers its extensive structural know-how of wind turbine blades in a portfolio of advanced technical services such as root cause analysis (RCAs), blade risk assessment as well as courses which gives the attendees structural understanding of blades, ranging from a general level to a very advanced level.

Over the years Bladena has successfully headed a range of nationally funded projects focusing on reducing the leverage cost of energy generated from wind and doing so the company has achieved the role of the hub for the wind industry value chain within structural related topics of blades, e.g.the CORTIR project.

The goal of the CORTIR project is to reduce the operation and maintenance costs by optimizing blades maintenance strategies of blades. The focus is on the impact of structural damages on blades from an OPEX perspective, by considering cost and risk as part of the blade lifetime.

Keynote Sponsor


NNAISENSE leverages the 25-year proven track record of one of the leading research teams in machine learning to bring true AI to industrial inspection, modelling, and process control. The company is an outgrowth of the internationally renowned Swiss AI Lab, IDSIA which has been at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs in artificial neural networks, deep learning, reinforcement learning, artificial evolution, and general purpose AI, since the early ’90s. Over the last five years, NNAISENSE has successfully partnered with major players in diverse industries including steel and glass production, robotics, additive manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, and renewable energy. Delivering custom neural network solutions through cutting-edge research and real-world know-how.


Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture,install, and service wind turbines across the globe, and with +113 GW of wind turbines in 81 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and +96 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 25,000 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.


SkySpecs is built on the belief that renewable energy has the potential to become ubiquitous if the industry adopts a proactive approach to both keeping turbines healthy and employing technology to digitize disjointed and resource-heavy business challenges. SkySpecs’ expertise, software and technological solutions allow our customers to automate O&M for their wind farms.<

Sulzer & Schmid

An inspection is not a cost, it is an investment in crucial data. Today, 1 million rotor blades are installed worldwide, and they all need to be inspected for one reason or another. This is where Sulzer & Schmid applies its technology excellence. As an independent Swiss company in the renewable energy space, we are the innovators of inspection technology 4.0 for rotor blades and towers of wind turbines. The company has developed a digital end-to-end inspection process employing autonomous drones and incorporates cutting-edge image analysis tools as well as a cloud-based data management. By autonomously flying drones, the data acquisition process becomes a consistent and highly reproducible industrial process that is immune to human error. Such high-quality input data is one of the key components to enable automatic damage detection via AI engines to process large amounts of data efficiently and accurately. This will represent the data foundation for predictive maintenance. Our customers, large wind asset owners and turbine OEMs, gain complete transparency regarding the condition of critical components of their wind assets. With these insights, operations & maintenance can be optimized, and the overall efficiency be increased.


Nearthlab is a compound word of Near, Earth and Laboratory. As satellites provided a new perspective from low earth orbit, Nearthlab strives to utilize drones to provide meaningful data from near earth, closer than satellites. They are commercializing autonomous drone solution for wind turbine inspection, based on the technology it has been developing.

Associate Sponsor


Altitec is a respected global specialist in wind turbine access, inspection and repair, an industry-certified training provider, and an exclusive distributor and service partner for market-leading vertical access systems. With a 20-year track record supporting firms in the energy, construction and emergency services sectors, we have developed into a one-stop shop, not only for high-quality, efficient maintenance services, conducted at height, but also for the technology and training that makes this essential work possible.


Cornis is specialized in blade inspection and data management solutions. From onsite equipment to an online cloud-based platform powered by AI, Cornis develops a complete range of solutions to make blade inspection and management easier, more efficient and reliable.
With more than 7 years of experience, 45,000+ blades processed, 400,000+ defects analyzed, inspections in 40 countries with 50 different inspection systems (ground-based camera, drones, helicopters etc.) Cornis has a unique knowledge on blades, blade inspections, data processing, AI and data management.

Blade Innovator Sponsor

Radius Aerospace

Radius Aerospace UK’s Bramah operation, based in Sheffield UK, is a long established state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and leading supplier of civil and military exhaust systems and aerostructure assemblies to the global aerospace industry. Its core expertise lies in forming and fabricating high grade specialist metals which are used in harsh environments. The multi-skilled workforce utilises specialist forming processes such as superplastic forming, hydro-bulging, hot forming and electroforming to produce complex components and assemblies. These facilities are complimented by on-site welding, heat treatment, chemical milling, etching, surface coating and testing facilities and the company holds AS9100 rev D, ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001 and NADCAP approvals. From its unique on-site electroforming facility, Radius Aerospace Bramah specialises in the manufacture of leading-edge erosion shields and has been supplying parts to major global helicopter blade and propeller manufacturers for over 20 years. It is now involved in an Innovate UK funded collaborative research project aimed at developing an electroformed metallic leading-edge erosion shield for the offshore wind industry which will provide lifetime protection against blade erosion. This will build upon the company’s expertise in producing similar products for the aerospace industry and take the business into a major new market sector.

Radius Aerospace


Ping Services

Ping Services was started by two acoustic consultants with extensive experience in wind turbine noise assessments. Over the time spent at wind farm sites in Australia, the idea to develop a world first continuous and non-contact blade damage monitor was born. After working part-time on research and development, Ping Services was formally set up in 2018 growing today to a team of seven. Ping Services joined the flourishing and very supportive South Australian Startup community and it’s pushing through to accelerate the development and commercialisation of the Ping Monitor, an autonomous and continuous wind turbine blade condition monitoring solution.

Ping Services


Sterblue is a platform for automatic inspection of industrial assets using drones and artificial intelligence. From data capture to data analysis, Sterblue covers the whole inspection process in one streamlined interface.

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