Ann Arbor drone firm for wind industry opens Dutch office

ANN ARBOR — SkySpecs, the developer of automated drone-based inspection for wind turbines, announced the opening of a new office in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“A European presence represents a strategic expansion for the SkySpecs brand,” SkySpecs CEO Danny Ellis said. “We are busy assembling an operations and sales team and are excited to double our footprint to support more growth.”

Franz LaZerte joins the SkySpecs team as the first European full-time employee. He will be focused on bringing operational support to regional projects and also helping develop European customer relationships and opportunities through technical sales.

LaZerte spent the last six years studying and working in renewable energy, four of those at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. He has experience in various wind operational and maintenance, ranging from initial technology research and development to site-level execution of retrofit campaigns.

“Having worked with blade inspection & repair concepts in R&D, I recognized SkySpecs’ technology as a game-changer in the wind industry,” LaZerte said. “The automated inspection and data analytics provides abundant potential for wind turbine owners to better plan blade repair campaigns and lower operating and maintenance costs.”

SkySpecs offers a blade inspection and analysis system that enables wind farm owners to collect, manage and analyze their blade data with the single push of a button.

SkySpecs will be exhibiting at the WindEnergy Hamburg conference Sept. 25-28 in Hall B1.OG Stand 301.01

SkySpecs’ Amsterdam office is located at Strawinskylaan 4117, 4th Floor,
Amsterdam, NL 1077 ZX, telephone +45 2840 8300.

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