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10 Nov 20201 minute read

Robot repairs wind turbine

Robot repairs wind turbine

Image credit: BladeBUG

A prototype inspection and repair robot, dubbed the BladeBUG, has successfully scaled an offshore wind turbine blade in real-world conditions for the first time.

The six-legged robot climbed 50 metres vertically up a turbine blade at the Levenmouth offshore wind farm in Fife using vacuum-padded feet.

ORE Catapult operational performance director Chris Hill said: “This is an incredibly significant technology that we know is being keenly watched by the industry as a potential gamechanger.

“It has a clear potential for cutting costs, reducing human offshore deployment and increasing blade lifetimes.”

Hill added, “I consider BladeBUG’s first walk at Levenmouth as offshore wind’s ‘moonwalk’ – a historic milestone in the industry’s evolution. Robotics are here to stay, and they will be an essential ingredient to operating ever-expanding wind farms, deeper-water sites and faster, bigger turbines in the coming years.”