Wind Turbine Inspection Drones Market Size & Share, by Drone Type (Fixed-Wing Drones, Rotary-Wing Drones, Multirotor Drones); Application (Blade Inspection, Tower Inspection, Nacelle Inspection); Energy Type (Offshore Wind Energy, Onshore Wind Energy); End-user (Wind Farm Operators, Service Providers, Original Equipment Manufacturers) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

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  • Published Date: Jun 26, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

Wind Turbine Inspection Drones Market size is poised to cross USD 60 Billion by the end of 2035, witnessing around 8% CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of wind turbine inspection drones was over USD 32 Billion. The major element to influence the growth of the sector is the growing demand for renewable energy. Between 2022 and 2027, there is expected to be potential growth in global renewable energy capacity of almost about 2 399 GW (or nearly 74%). Therefore, the need for the inspection of wind turbines growing. It is anticipated that with the regular inspection of wind turbines, the defects would be detected earlier hence further allowing timely repair of the components without affecting the energy production capacity.

Additionally, wind turbine plays a significant role in reducing Co2 emission. Therefore, manufacturers are focusing more on manufacturing wind turbines that are higher the size. Modern wind turbines are capable of generating comparatively more clean energy with larger rotor blades, further reducing CO2 emissions at a higher scale. The cost of renewable energy is also lowered by larger wind turbines. However, these large wind turbines need to be monitored. Hence, drones are expected to be installed in monitoring wind turbines.

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Wind Turbine Inspection Drones Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Advancement in Drones Technology

Modern drones have sensors and cameras which generate photos with increased quality. These sensors capture more detailed and accurate inspection data, which is analyzed to detect potential problems and provide maintenance schedules. Furthermore, the number of drones used to inspect wind turbines is growing as a result of advancements in battery technology. This is due to their longer hover times, which require less frequent battery charge or replacement and provide researchers with additional time to research and evaluate wind turbines.

  • Rise in Depletion of Fossil Fuel

In 2022, the number of total fossil fuel-proven reserves was about 49,000 exajoules across the globe. However, the demand for energy is growing every year which would further deplete the energy resources hence, creating scarcity of energy. As a result, more emphasis is given to wind energy which is available in abundance. Therefore, this factor would also boost the market demand for wind turbine inspection drones.

  • Drones Reduce the Cost of Inspection 

As compared to the traditional method of inspecting, the inspections done using drones collect more data. Given that solar farms have frequently quite big installations, a drone fitted with the right thermal camera could scan the entire farm with greater accuracy than someone standing on the ground with a hand-held thermal camera.


  • Strict Government Regulations for the Utilization of UAVs
  • Lack of Skilled Workers – Commercial drones have to be controlled remotely and operated in a variety of weather and terrain conditions, which requires an experienced drone pilot. Due to insufficient control during a fight, many mishaps occur. Hence, a large number of wind farms refrain from adopting drones. Hence, this factor is projected to limit the growth of the wind turbine inspection drones market revenue.
  • Insufficient Awareness Regarding the Use of Drones in Inspections

Wind Turbine Inspection Drones Market: Key Insight

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Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 32 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 60 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Wind Turbine Inspection Drones Segmentation

Application (Blade Inspection, Tower Inspection, Nacelle Inspection)

The blade inspection segment in the wind turbine inspection drones market is poised to generate the highest revenue by the end of 2035. Blade inspection is an essential element of maintaining a wind turbine overall since damaged blades could decrease the power and potentially seriously harm the wind tower. It may be time-consuming and expensive to inspect the blades using traditional methods, which include personnel ascending the tower. However, drones may significantly streamline and reduce the cost of blade inspection.

Energy Type (Offshore Wind Energy, Onshore Wind Energy)

Wind turbine inspection drones market from the offshore wind energy segment is expected to have a significant rise over the projected period. The wind that flows across the water is utilized to produce power by offshore wind turbines. Due to their higher winds, greater consistency, and lack of physical interference from the land or man-made objects, they are considered to be more efficient than onshore wind energy. Hence, the capacity of offshore wind globally rose from the previous year to approximately 63,100 megawatts in 2022. About 20,999 megawatts of brand-new offshore wind energy were installed and plugged into the grid in 2021. Therefore, the wind turbine inspection drones market demand is slated to rise.

Our in-depth analysis of the global wind turbine inspection drones market includes the following segments:


     Drone Type

  • Fixed-Wing Drones
  • Rotary-wing Drones
  • Multirotor Drones



  • Blade Inspection
  • Tower Inspection
  • Nacelle Inspection


     Energy Type

  • Offshore Wind Energy
  • Onshore Wind Energy




  • Wind Farm Operators
  • Service Providers
  • Original Equipment Manufacturers

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Wind Turbine Inspection Drones Industry- Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Statistics

The Asia Pacific wind turbine inspection drones market is anticipated to garner the highest revenue by the end of 2035. This growth could be attributed to the rise in the installment of onshore wind farms in this region. Approximately, 694 offshore wind projects were in progress worldwide in 2021. Out of which, about 45% of the world's offshore wind projects were situated in Asia-Pacific (APAC), with mainland China hosting over 23% of them. This growth in these projects is influenced by growing electricity demand which is further influenced by rising urbanization, and industrialization. Hence, these all factors are slated to boost the market growth in this region. Moreover, in this region the government is also focusing more on renewable energy and increasing its investment in it, Therefore, this element would also boost the wind turbine inspection drones market growth in this region over the projection period.

North American Market Forecast

North America wind turbine inspection drones market is also projected to have noteworthy growth over the forecasted period. This growth could be encouraged by growing oil prices in this region. Additionally, the popularity of small wind farms is also on surge in this region. Also, this region consists of key players which are bringing out various advancements in inspection drones. Furthermore, additionally, an increasing number of operators are making significant investments in order to offer drone services to customers at affordable prices, which is projected to boost demand for drones in the region's energy sector.

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Companies Dominating the Wind Turbine Inspection Drones Market

    • SkySpecs
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Aerialtronics DV B.V.
    • AeroVision Canada
    • AIRPIX
    • DJI
    • DroneView Technologies
    • HUVRdata
    • Intel Corporation
    • Microdrones GmbH
    • Nearthlab

In the News

  • HUVRdata was pleased to announce the addition of AirData UAV to the HUVR Partner Network (HPN) at ASME's Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance. Both HUVRdata and AirData have specially made robotic measurement equipment to suit industrial inspection requirements. Through the HUVR IDMS platform, AirData enables precise reporting on drone and pilot data. With AirData as a partner, HUVR would be able to provide customers with a single platform where they could view and manage both inspection data and pilot and drone flight data.
  • A formal agreement between ONYX Insight, a significant global provider of predictive maintenance solutions (PdM), and Nearthlab, a pioneer in drone technology, has been announced. This relationship would enable the delivery of whole turbine predictive maintenance in a single integrated solution.

Author Credits:  Payel Roy, Dhruv Bhatia

  • Report ID: 5076
  • Published Date: Jun 26, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The major factors driving the growth of the market are growing advancement in drone technology, the rise in depletion of fossil fuel, and drones reducing the cost of the inspection.

The market size of urgent care centers is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~8% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

The major players in the market are SkySpecs, Aerialtronics DV B.V., AeroVision Canada, AIRPIX, and more.

The offshore wind energy segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The market is anticipated to reach of valuation of ~USD 60 Billion in 2035.

Fixed-wing drones, rotary-wing drones, and multirotor drones are the types of drones available in the market for wind turbine inspection drones market.

The DJI company is estimated to have the highest influence on the wind turbine inspection drones market.
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