A European real-time maritime
robot testing centre is being set up on the coast of Viana do Castelo.
The Atlantis Test Center aims to validate of robotic solutions for the
inspection and maintenance of offshore wind infrastructure in extreme weather
conditions of the Atlantic Ocean.
The European project Atlantis - The Atlantic Testing Platform for Maritime
Robotics: New Frontiers for Inspection and Maintenance of Offshore Energy
Infrastructures- is being led by INESC TEC with the participation of EDP
and support from various technological and academic partners. The project
aims to create a platform in Europe to demonstrate robotic technologies
and solutions for the inspection and maintenance of offshore wind farms
around the world.
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 centre will use WindFloat
project to validate and demonstrate robotic applications, developed by
research centres or technological companies, that contribute to the sustainability
of this sector.
“WindFloat, namely WindFloat Atlantic, is a giant step in creating
new markets for renewable energies and in particular for the wind sector.
The Atlantis project is strategic for the company because of its focus
on one of the central vectors that will decisively contribute to increasing
the competitiveness of floating offshore wind power: innovative operation
and maintenance, creating viable new options for removing carbon dioxide
from the energy system and society," said João Maciel, R&D
Director at EDP.
“Atlantis Test Center will enable us to quantify the added value of new
robotic technology and accelerate our integration into the maritime wind
power industry. The project is based on a true symbiosis between the energy
and maritime robotics industries. This innovation center will be installed
in Viana do Castelo and will be of strategic importance for the scientific
robotics road-map across Europe,” said Andry Maykol Pinto, project
coordinator and researcher at INESC TEC.
"The Atlantis Test Center will be an excellent opportunity for small
and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop technologies that enhance
the sustainability of the maritime wind sector, as they will be able to
experimentally evaluate their products and tailor their offerings to the
needs and expectations of an emerging market."
The project, which is expected to last three years, has a total investment
of € 8.5 million financed by the H2020 - Framework Program for Research
and Innovation. In addition to INESC TEC and EDP NEW Center for New Energy
Technologies (Portugal), the consortium includes eight partners from 5
countries: Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT and ABB OY (Finland), Principle
Power France and ECA Robotics (France), Space Application Services NV (Belgium),
IQUA Robotics and Universitat de Girona (Spain) and RINA Consulting SPA
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