Rope Robotics has invented and patented the worlds first and only robot for performing all the phases of wind turbine blade leading edge maintenance fast and reliably without having people performing hazard task from ropes. The solution reduces repair and maintenance (O&M) costs and increases the overall safety of the operation. The robot is able to perform the following:
- 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 less requirements to wind speeds, lightning risks double the available working days to 54%.
The project (due to finish at the beginning of 2021) aims to demonstrate and document 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 blade repair.
1st Mile’s Work with Rope Robotics
In 2017, 1st Mile worked in close collaboration with Rope Robotics’ team, particularly with the CEO Hans Lauberg 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 has 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.