Dingell Announces Small Business Voucher Award for SkySpecs of Ann Arbor
Washington, DC, August 22, 2016
U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today announced that SkySpecs of Ann Arbor will receive a Small Business Voucher from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. SkySpecs deploys autonomous drones for inspections of wind turbines. Working with Sandia National Labs, the project will focus on the validation of blade damage data to assist with the development of machine learning algorithms for automated identification and classification.
“SkySpecs is leading the way in the development of new technology that will improve renewable energy reliability,” said Dingell. “This collaboration with Sandia National Labs will help America transition toward cleaner forms of energy and help reduce greenhouse gases. Companies within southeastern Michigan continue to innovate and improve technologies that will ensure America is a leader in renewable energy.”
SkySpecs CEO Danny Ellis said, "SkySpecs is thrilled to be working with the researchers at Sandia National Laboratories to advance the inspection capability of automated drones. Sandia's cutting-edge inspection techniques combined with our technology will dramatically improve wind turbine inspections. The SBV program allows SkySpecs to access Sandia's expertise and ultimately produce a more powerful solution because of our collaboration. Our team is looking very forward to the opportunity."
The Energy Department’s Small Business Vouchers are a collaborative, national effort that provide $20 million for U.S. companies to help improve industry awareness of national laboratory capabilities and provide small and mid-size businesses access to the resources available within the national laboratory system.