As renewable energy becomes more and more popular around the world, efforts continue to be made to reduce costs and increase their attractiveness in various ways. Recently, a bug inspired hexapod robot may have played a role in this, showing how to inspect wind turbines by performing the world’s first “blade walk” at sea < / P > < p > as tall structures erected outdoors, wind turbines bear the brunt of various weather conditions, including storms, extreme temperatures and, of course, strong winds. In order to maintain the working state of the wind turbine, regular inspection is needed to detect any damage in time. Technicians need to use the rope system to carry out safety inspection on the wind turbine. < / P > < p > in the past decade or so, there has been a possible alternative, which is to let robots take the place of such dangerous work. Among the technologies being developed is a six legged crawling robot called bladebug, which is designed to crawl on turbine blades using vacuum pads. Here, it scans the surface for cracks and deformations and eventually repays itself on the blade surface. < / P > < p > bladebug has been tested on vertical training towers and on land blades, but recently, ore catapult, an offshore renewable energy company that is co developing the robot, has taken it offshore to see how it performs. < / P > < p > according to the company, this is not only bladebug’s first mission at sea, but also the robot’s first “blade walk” on an offshore wind turbine. At the levenmouth plant in ore catapult on the coast of Fife, Scotland, the robot covers 50 meters (164 feet) of vertically positioned blades, perfectly adheres to the sea surface, navigates its curves, and transmits scanning data and video signals to ground technicians. Bladebug could reduce inspection costs by 30% or 50% on the next generation of turbines, the company said. < / P > < p > “it has significant potential in reducing costs, reducing manpower deployment at sea and increasing blade life,” said Chris cieslak, bladebug’s chief executive officer. “But we haven’t yet seen robots perform on real turbines at sea. I think that bladebug’s first trip to levinomouth is the “moon walk” of offshore wind power – a historic milestone in the development of the industry. Robotics are timeless here, and they will be an important part of operating expanding wind farms, deeper water fields and faster, bigger turbines in the coming years. ” < / P > < p > this test is part of a research project that aims to demonstrate fully automated inspection and maintenance of offshore wind turbines, which will involve autonomous vessels, UAVs and robotic arms to clean and re grind blades. These other technologies will be tested in the middle of next year. After 12 years, “world class Super project” Shantou Bay Tunnel ushers in a historic breakthrough today

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