Developments in Underwater Robot Capabilities for Offshore Wind
Robotic technologies are increasingly used to perform inspection, maintenance, and intervention tasks in offshore wind farms. However, these tasks can be challenging due to the dynamic and harsh environments in which wind farms are typically located. In this paper, we present a set of developments in underwater robot capabilities for offshore wind applications, including a discussion of control systems, garaged ROVs, autodocking solutions, necessary intervention capabilities, and inspection equipment. We also present recent results of field trials for real-time underwater imaging and laser scanning. The paper concludes with a discussion of the importance of robust systems and equipment selection and future directions for research in this area.
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PublicationOCEANS 2023, pp. 1-5
Other Funding informationThis material is based on works supported by SEAI Research, Development and Demonstration Funding Programme 2021 (grant No.; 21/RDD/747); Science Foundation Ireland under the MaREI Centre research programme (grant Nº SFI/12/RC/2302P2, and SFI/14/SP/2740); and LERO Science Foundation Ireland (grant Nº 13/RC/2094).
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