Texo Drone Survey and Inspection (DSI) has announced that it has become an industrial partner of HOME Offshore (Holistic Operation and Maintenance for Energy from Offshore Wind Farms).
HOME Offshore is a research project funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which partners 5 leading UK universities. The project will investigate the use of advanced sensing, robotics, virtual reality models and artificial intelligence to reduce maintenance cost and effort for offshore windfarms.
Predictive and diagnostic techniques will allow problems to be picked up early, when easy and inexpensive maintenance will allow problems to be readily fixed. Robots and advanced sensors will be used to minimise the need for human intervention in the hazardous offshore environment.
The remote inspection and asset management of offshore wind farms and their connection to shore, is an industry which will be worth up to £2 billion annually by 2025 in the UK. Between 80% and 90% of the cost of offshore operation and maintenance is generated by access requirements: such as the need to get engineers and technicians to remote sites, according to the Crown Estate.
The project aims to generate more ‘actionable data’, useful information that can reduce operation and maintenance costs and improve safety for the Offshore Wind sector.
Dr David Flynn from HOME Offshore said: “Industrial partnerships with HOME Offshore are vital for de-risking research. Having partners such as Texo DSI on board helps us to take our research into industrial delivery creating a viable long-term solution for the sector.”
Texo DSI’s UAV-deployed survey and inspection offering for the global offshore sector and been recognised for bringing to market a number of world-first UAV-integrated technologies.