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EDP is a partner in the first European Robot Center in Offshore Wind Farms

Power News - Published on Tue, 21 Jan 2020

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The European Atlantis center will be in Viana do Castelo and involves an investment of 8.5 million euros. It is coordinated by INESC TEC, and has EDP (NEW - Center For New Energy Technologies) as its main partner. The first European real-time maritime robot testing center will be set up on the coast of Viana do Castelo. Atlantis Test Center will enable the validation of robotic solutions in the most extreme weather conditions of the Atlantic Ocean, especially for the inspection and maintenance of offshore wind infrastructure.

The European project Atlantis - The Atlantic Testing Platform for Maritime Robotics: New Frontiers for Inspection and Maintenance of Offshore Energy Infrastructures, led by INESC TEC and with the participation of EDP and support from various technological and academic partners, reinforces the development of monitoring and maintenance technologies for wind infrastructures at sea. The project will create a pioneering platform in Europe which aims to demonstrate robotic technologies and solutions that are essential for the inspection and maintenance of offshore wind farms around the world.

Atlantis will focus on the inspection, maintenance and repair of offshore wind infrastructures, where a number of autonomous robots (underwater, surface and air) will be developed and tested in various industrial scenarios, such as the inspection of mooring lines, the monitoring underwater structures and turbine cleaning. The use of robots in this sector aims to mitigate risk and reduce the cost of operating and maintaining offshore wind farms, particularly in deep water.

The center will use WindFloat Atlantic Park to validate and demonstrate robotic applications developed by research centers or technological companies, that contribute to the sustainability of this sector.

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Tue, 21 Jan 2020
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