Norwegians unveil undersea drone
Blueye Pioneer device aims to cut the cost of cable inspections
Norwegian technology company Blueye Robotics has developed an industrial underwater drone that could cut the cost of inspecting undersea structures and cables at offshore wind farms.
The Blueye Pioneer device weighs seven kilos and measures 40 cm by 25 cm by 35 cm. Each drone system will cost between $4000-$5000, the company said.
The technology could remove the need for wind farm operators to employ expensive divers or remotely operated vehicles for inspection duties, it added.
Blueye Robotics chief executive Erik Dyrkoren said “anyone capable of using a smartphone or tablet PC” is able to operate the device.
Each drone can work at depths of up to 150 metres and is equipped with thrusters allowing it to navigate strong currents.
“Combined with lower than usual capex and an opex close to zero, we believe this underwater drone can make visual inspections more frequent and less cumbersome for operators of offshore wind farms,” Dykoren added.
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