Scientists create new robot to inspect wind farms

Scientists of Scotland have developed fully autonomous robots which will help in examining damaged wind farms. In comparison to previous research on drones, these robots don’t use a human operator, thus making the use of technicians redundant for carrying out turbine repairs.

Sources estimate the project for multi-million pound showcases how the bots are capable of diving, flying and even thinking for themselves. The project is developed by Orca- the Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets hub.

The hub is determined to be one of the largest academic centre of its kind and is led by Edinburg universities and Heriot-Watt through its Center for Robotics.

Reports allege the consortium has Imperial College London, the universities of Oxford and Liverpool, along with 30 other industry partners.

The body is responsible for making robots. The aerial robotics laboratory at Imperial College of London had produced the latest invention of flying drones. These are used for its primary offshore function to examine hard-to-reach structures. In addition, the latest creation can also attach itself to vertical surfaces and is equipped with a robotic arm.

Experts believe, drones of such kind can fly to a wind turbine. Furthermore, they will not only inspect the turbine but will also deploy a sensor and is capable of repairing. Moreover, since it’s autonomous, it won’t be controlled by anyone onshore via a remote control.

Sources claim the robot has four legs instead of wheels and is inspired by the design of an electronic Rottweiler. The robot is manufactured by the company ANYbiotics.

“A lot of the offshore platforms we work on are very small. The spaces are very confined, and wheeled robots won’t be able to negotiate their way around the whole platform,” spoke Principal investigator at the Orca Hub, Prof David Lane of Heriot-Watt about the latest invention.

“So robots that crawl, that have legs and can walk, they can go places on the platform that other robots wouldn’t be able to.”