This inspection vehicle is the first autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in the world designed for offshore wind farms. From 'seabed intervention' company Modus, the rechargeable machine can complete weather-dependent tasks deemed too dangerous for human workers. The inspection of offshore wind farms currently relies on diving teams and favorable weather conditions, so the AUV makes things significantly safer for crew members.
Based in Durham, England, Modus developed the technology with funding from the UK government and other energy companies. The inspection vehicle is part of the Autonomous Vehicles for the Inspection of offshore wind farm Subsea INfrastructure (AVISIoN) project.
The Modus machine improves the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of wind farms. Weather conditions and similar environmental factors come up often in the discussion of sustainable energy. The AUV an example of a local solution to this issue.