Viana do Castelo
The aim of ATLANTIS is to establish a pioneer pilot infrastructure capable of demonstrating and promoting the added value of robotic based solutions for inspection and maintenance of offshore wind farms, that will be installed in the Atlantic Ocean, in particular, the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal. The project will establish a federated network between offshore energy and robotic markets and it will be led by a set of major expertise and specialists in both sectors. The role of the ATLANTIS Test center is to test and validate technological solutions which have a great potential in leveraging key market sectors.
In addition, ATLANTIS Test Center will provide an open offshore experimental infrastructure to foster innovation among stakeholders and ICT researchers in Europe, both in academia and in the industries.
The Center will play a pivotal role for an entire ecosystem that includes: knowledge institutions, providers, suppliers and users of IMR technology, as well as other stakeholders that will benefit from the outcomes of this infrastructure, such as offshore wind farm operators and local governments (especially in the Atlantic area). The use of robots, both autonomous or remotely controllable, will boost the development of offshore wind farms, acting on the lowering O&M costs and on the increasing of the human safeness of the operations.
- Led by INESC TEC (Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência)
- NEW R&D main activities:
- Coordination of the demonstrations in a real offshore wind farm (Windfloat Atlantic, Viana do Castelo)
- Active participation in the definition of industry-oriented showcases for Offshore Wind Farms
- Coordination of Long-term Strategy, Technology Industrialization and Business Case work package.
- Coordination of business-as-usual tests for benchmarking technology.
The innovative focus within the project is on deploying the ATLANTIS Test Center, a pilot site to be installed in the Portuguese coast to facilitate the roll-out of robotic-based technology to users through a market pull strategy. This pilot site will be constituted by the Coastal Testbed to test the new methods in a near-real environment and the Offshore Testbed which represents the real environment.
The Coastal Testbed will be deployed to allow technology developers to de-risk their robotic technologies through rigorous, cost-efficient and staged testing programs. This testbed will be installed in the harbour of Viana do Castelo to provide a test basis for IMR experimentations.
The Offshore Testbed represents a typical offshore wind farm and it will provide unique wind, wave and weather conditions that affect the reliability, risk management, feasibility, effectiveness and efficiency of the robotic solutions. The WindFloat Atlantic (WFA), owned by EDP Renewables, will be reserved to demonstrate robotic technologies in a real environment.