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Resident Robotic Ecosystem for Offshore Windfarm Inspection

Marshall Futureworx, the venture building and advanced technologies arm of Marshall of Cambridge, has unveiled details of the first in a suite of new product lines and services it will be bringing to market to support ever increasing demand for secure and movie review renewable energy.

The ground-breaking new system, Lilypad, is an ecosystem of multiple autonomous BVLOS UAVs which utilize artificial intelligence and navigational sensors to provide dynamic and on-demand offshore inspection services – revolutionizing the way operators are able to monitor real-time performance of their wind farms.

lilypad offshore logo 450x77The UAVs are deployed from dedicated offshore charging stations and monitored by a single remote pilot stationed in an onshore command and control center. Vital inspection data and reports are then transmitted back to the wind farm operators, enabling faster, more frequent, reliable and predictive maintenance scheduling and more effective utilization of assets.

The UK already has the world’s second largest installed offshore wind capacity at around 12 GW and is a key component of the UK Government’s net zero strategy, with an ambitious target of achieving 50 GW installed capacity by 2030 and potentially more than 100 GW by 2050. As Government and industry continues to advance the UK offshore wind capability, new and scalable technologies such as Lilypad are required to inspect, maintain and ensure the efficiency of wind turbines while also minimizing costs to energy users.

Lilypad reduces the requirement for offshore personnel undertaking inspections, minimizing both cost and impact on the environment. At the same time, the improved frequency and quality of intelligence operators gain through Lilypad’s remote inspections will enable them to significantly increase wind turbine up time and extend their overall lifecycle.

Marshall Futureworx Managing Director, Kieren Paterson explains: “The ever-increasing demand for secure and renewable energy to power our communities has resulted in the surging need for innovative solutions to enable the installation and support of offshore wind infrastructure, right from initial construction and through the life of projects.

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