The company, which works with wind farms to monitor the health of turbine blades from above, has blocked a new $80 million Series D round led by Goldman Sachs to expand its “geographic footprint” and software tools.
SkySpecs builds the hardware and software in-house and already claims to control the condition of nearly half of all turbine blades in North America (for reference: 71 666 only in the USA). Since launching in 2012, the company says its drones have tested more than 300,000 blades in dozens of countries. The larger goal of SkySpecs is to “help displace fossil fuel production” by making renewables more efficient. statement from the firm.
SkySpecs is one of the many drone companies out there. monitoring of critical infrastructure. Others include Nertlabwhich also specializes in the monitoring of wind farms, as well as universal firms such as skycraft, Percepto and FPV Robotics.
Along with Goldman, the new round’s investors include energy company NextEra, Dusseldorf-based venture capital firm Statkraft Ventures, and Postmates backer Huron River Ventures. While Goldman aims to channel as much as possible $150 billion in climate technology, the financial giant also continues to support expanding the use of fossil fuels.
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