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Artificial Intelligence and Robots to Make Offshore Wind Farms Safer and Cheaper

A wind farm.

A consortium in the U.K. is investigating how different technologies may enhance offshore wind farms.

Credit: Nature

A consortium led by the University of Manchester in the U.K. is investigating artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies to enhance offshore wind farms.

The Crown Estate estimates up to 90% of the cost of offshore operation and maintenance goes to the need for site access in remote and hazardous environments. Reducing the cost and effort of such maintenance is the goal of a project to probe the use of sensors, robots, virtual reality models, and AI. Predictive and diagnostic methods will enable early problem detection, while robots and advanced sensors will minimize human intervention.

"The U.K. has world-leading expertise in the technologies and science in this area, but they have often operated separately," says Manchester professor Mike Barnes. "The U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has supported this project to bring them together for the first time to make a real step change in this industry."

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