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M’sian dronetech will digitalise Scandinavian energy sectors via Aerodyne’s new partnership

Just weeks after joining flood search and rescue efforts, Malaysian company Aerodyne Group has announced the inking of a strategic partnership with Norway based dronetech company, Astralution.

Together, they will offer Drone-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions in the Scandinavian region, enabling Aerodyne’s growth there.

Astralution’s background lies in aviation and crisis management in oil and gas, and this partnership will support the digitalisation of the sector by adding sensors and another layer of data analysis in the value chain.

According to Deloitte, this can lead to cost savings of up to US$20 billion on equipment failure and repair.

In a press statement, founder and Group CEO of Aerodyne, Kamarul A Muhamed said, “The total renewable capacity in Denmark and Norway in 2020 was 9,677 megawatts and 37.2 terawatts respectively, making it a huge market to tap into in terms of renewable energy asset management.”

To add, the EU is looking to install 30 gigawatts worth of wind farms every year from 2021 to 2030.

He continued, “There is also a huge opportunity to break data silos in the oil and gas sector, with room to improve in how data can be standardised, integrated, and analysed.”

This is where he believes Aerodyne’s AI-powered asset management solution—Vertikaliti—will provide:

  • Up to 90% time savings with smart oil and gas monitoring systems,
  • 35% operation cost savings for wind turbine analysis, and
  • Up to 97% increased productivity for solar panel inspections.

To date, Aerodyne has managed more than 560K infrastructure assets with 458,058 flight operations, while managing over 380,000km of power infrastructure across 35 countries globally.

Taking a look at its site, its map of the 35 countries that Aerodyne is present in does not yet include Scandinavia, but this isn’t the first time it’s entering the region.

Its very first time was in 2018 when it bought a 60% stake in Danish turbine inspection company, AtSite. But in 2020, Aerodyne later divested its shares, citing a realignment of objectives and a better refocus of its resources.

In September 2021, a Drone Industry Insights (DRONEII) report named Aerodyne the world’s number one remote-sensing company, after it hovered at second or third place for the past few years.

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Featured Image Credit: Aerodyne

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