Company builds crawling robot to perform offshore wind turbine inspectionsMarie Donlon | November 09, 2020
A U.K. company has developed a robot capable of performing inspection and maintenance tasks on offshore wind turbine blades.
The six-legged BladeBug robot from the company of the same name, can remotely traverse wind turbine blades, scanning them for inconsistencies, imperfections and cracks — all out of the line of sight. Once inspection of the blade is complete, the robot’s findings are reported to human employees located on shore.
The BladeBug reportedly adheres to vertically positioned blades via vacuum-padded feet and will potentially reduce the need to deploy humans offshore. This could reportedly result in a reduction in the cost of wind turbine blade inspection by roughly 30%.
According to its developers, the BladeBug has already successfully performed blade work on a wind turbine in the U.K. The BladeBug is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.