Driving Down the Cost of Offshore Wind Projects with Resident ROVs
Don Pickering | Chief Executive Officer | BluHaptics, Seattle, WA
Offshore wind projects present significant logistical challenges for ship based ROV support. Stretching miles in length and often comprised of 100 or more turbines, new approaches to robotic support, specifically resident robotic systems, will be needed.
Inspecting and servicing offshore wind farms with a ship and ROV’s can take 6 weeks or more, requiring resupply at sea which is difficult and costly. Offshore labor costs are more than an order of magnitude greater than the same employee onshore. Support costs need to come down to make offshore renewables more viable.
Emergent robotics technology will allow operators to dock ROV's on site and have them supervised remotely via fiber or satellite link. The ROV’s will be connected to power and data while garaged to upload and download missions and data. On regular intervals the ROV’s will undock and run missions for persistent inspection and surveillance. ROV’s will also be able to run routine light duty maintenance and repair missions. Our software can recognize structural anomalies immediately and flag operators if repairs or attention is needed, and help guide them to remote intervention when needed.
BluHaptics software, which leverages real time mapping, sensor fusion, machine learning and augmented control capabilities will not only help with mission planning and supervision but will allow for more robust situational awareness, ROV handling and response. In the presentation I will provide examples of how our technology can help make resident ROV’s a viable and favorable alternative to ship based intervention.