Rope Robotics presents the first robot that repairs wind turbines

Share on social networks
inspenet - 1544

Inspenet, March 16, 2023

The company Rope Robotics, from Denmark, patented the “BR-8” robot, the first robot that offers practical repairs of wind turbines in the field, four times faster than the manual method and providing greater safety to technicians.

This innovative robot can restore up to 3% of power output in less than a day per blade and at half the cost of manual solutions.

1544 Rope Robotics

A first to market, Rope Robotics’ nine robots have been in commercial operation for 18 months and have repaired more than 150 onshore wind turbine blades in the United States, Canada, South Africa and countries in Europe. They plan to use it offshore in 2024.

%C2%A1Al estilo Dune Cientificos crean traje espacial que convierte la orina en agua potable
Hyundai y LG Energy crearon una planta de celdas de bateria en Indonesia
Crean pequeno actuador blando robotico que imita los musculos humanos
Presentan en China al robot Qinglong el primer humanoide de proposito general
robot caracol
Dune style! Scientists create spacesuit that converts urine into drinking water
Hyundai and LG Energy set up battery cell plant in Indonesia
Small robotic soft actuator that mimics human muscles created
Qinglong robot unveiled in China: first general purpose humanoid
Snail robot that locates partners to form a swarm is created
previous arrowprevious arrow
next arrownext arrow

A growing problem, rain erosion damage compromises blade aerodynamic performance and in the worst case can lead to blade failure and turbine downtime.

1544 Rope Robotics 1

Repairs offered by Rope Robotics not only restore turbine power output, but are fast, cost-effective, efficient, and safe for technicians to perform in all but the most inclement weather conditions. Previously, technicians had to work with harmful chemicals all the way up to the blades, a high-risk work environment.

“Rain erosion is a serious problem and getting worse with longer rotor blades generating tip speeds of over 380 km/h. Raindrops at that speed act like a hail of bullets that, over time, damage the leading edge of the blade,” explains Martin Huus Bjerge, CEO of Rope Robotics.

1544 Rope Robotics 2

The efficient repair of the leading edge contributes to the extension of the useful life of one of the most expensive components of a wind turbine, which represents 25 to 30% of the construction cost.

The core of the system is a robot carrying visual sensors, which operates repair tools using a flexible arm, with technicians supervising the robot from any location, on-site or remotely.

Source and Photos : the-manual-method-at-half-the-cost/

Don’t miss the Inspenet News at:

Share this news on your social networks
Rate this post
1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 stars (No rating yet)
loading spinnerLoading...