Global wind energy giant GE Renewable Energy (GE) entered into an agreement with Tethys following its selection of the British company as winner of the ORE Catapult (OREC) and Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange (OWiX) challenge.
As part of the Stay Ashore R&D programme between GE and OREC, the KTN OWiX sought innovative technologies which focused on automating maintenance activities and reducing unplanned offshore activity during the O&M phase of offshore wind turbines.
Tethys led a consortium with their technology partner Aerones and, together, will now deliver a new offshore transportation and delivery platform. The platform will enable the onshore robotics technology, pioneered by Aerones, to work just as successfully offshore as it does onshore, providing the industry with unparalleled benefits.
The system will be able to deliver advanced remote inspection, maintenance and repair tasks on offshore wind turbine blades, up to 5x faster than conventional rope access, drastically reducing downtime. It is also more scalable and safer to deploy, removing the need for personnel to work at height.
The deal with GE secures significant support from one of the biggest offshore wind companies in the world. Following successful trials, supported by GE, Tethys and Aerones’ solution for blade maintenance will be deployed on GE’s offshore wind turbines, including the Haliade-X: the largest turbine on the planet.
OWiX was tasked to find the best of British robotics solutions and in Tethys has also found a company which plans to grow its UK base to 40 employees by 2024, as the business rolls out other innovations on its technology roadmap in the world’s leading offshore wind market.
Tethys founders Jamie Allan and Mike Newman said, “We’re extremely excited and proud to have been chosen by GE as the winner of the KTN iX competition. It cements our expertise and reinforces our business plan: to bring the world’s leading wind businesses the world’s leading robotics technologies; those that we have validated and interrogated to be truly transformational to asset owners and operators, the cream of the crop.”
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