Rope Robotics

Horizon 2020 SME instrument

Rope Robotics has invented and patented the world’s first and only robot for performing all the phases of wind turbine blade leading edge maintenance fast and reliably without having people performing hazardous tasks from ropes. The solution reduces repair and maintenance (O&M) costs and increases the overall safety of the operation. The robot is able to do:

  • Surface area inspection and documentation
  • Sanding, grinding, and filling of the area
  • Coating of the area
  • After repair inspection and documentation

All this is done while the robot attaches itself to the blade with vacuum, and it is done faster and with fewer weather constraints, thus also giving a wider operational window and a longer repair period, typically over the summer.

The project

The project demonstrated and documented to the blade maintenance market that the robot meets the demand for safer and more efficient repairing processes and thus aims to become the new industry standard for wind turbine blades’ repair.

1st Mile’s Work with Rope Robotics

In 2017, 1st Mile worked in close collaboration with the Rope Robotics team, particularly with the CEO Hans Laurberg and the CFO Martin Huus Bjerge. 1st Mile wrote the application on the company’s behalf for financial support from Horizon 2020 SME 2’s program. Once Rope Robotics was selected for the interview process, our CEO Søren Houmøller provided additional consulting for the business pitch.

As a result of this great collaboration, Rope Robotics received funding from Horizon 2020. Through the funding, Rope is able to work on making the transition from their fully functional robot to a feature-rich robot with enhanced controls as well as a well-defined operational set-up ready for commercialization possible.

The Horizon 2020 SME program has since been replaced by the EIC Accelerator program under Horizon Europe for 2021-2027.

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