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Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: OCEAN 2013.4 | Award Amount: 14.90M | Year: 2013

A new EU 7th Framework Programme project, LEANWIND (Logistic Efficiencies And Naval architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments) seeks to apply lean principles to the offshore wind farm project lifecycle. The primary LEANWIND objective is to provide cost reductions across the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain through the application of lean principles and the development of state of the art technologies and tools. The offshore wind industry in existing near shore shallow sites has yet to become cost competitive with traditional forms of energy while new sites are being planned for greater distances from shore or deeper water bringing new challenges. The offshore wind industry has not yet applied lean principles to the logistical operations of the wind farm in all stages of the lifecycle as proposed by the LEANWIND project. Lean principles were originally developed by Toyota to optimise the processes of manufacturing industries; these principles of optimisation and efficiency have subsequently been adopted by many other industries to remove wasteful stages and streamline processes. This new lean paradigm will be applied to each of the critical project stages: logistical processes, shore-based transport links, port and staging facilities, vessels, lifting equipment, safety and O&M. The LEANWIND approach will ensure that unnecessarily complex or wasteful stages of the development process are removed, flow between the required stages is streamlined, quality is enhanced and thus overall cost and time efficiency improved to enable the industry to bridge the gap between current costs and industry cost aspirations. Properly applied, lean management will improve quality, reliability and H&S standards across the project supply chain and throughout the wind farm lifecycle.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: MG-4.1-2014 | Award Amount: 22.99M | Year: 2015

The specific challenge for waterborne transport call MG4.1 is, To support developments that make new and existing vesselsmore efficient and less polluting. A sound way to support developments is, to demonstrate solutions that are sufficiently close to market so that ship owners will consider these in their future investment plans. Following this reasoning LeanShips will execute 8 demonstration actions that combine technologies for efficient, less polluting new/retrofitted vessels with end users requirements. Demonstrators were selected for their end-user commitment (high realisation chance), impact on energy use/emissions, EU-relevance, innovativeness and targeted-TRL at the project end. Selected technologies (TRL3-4 and higher) address engines/fuels/drive trains, hull/propulsors, energy systems/emission abatement technologies. Technologies are demonstrated mostly at full-scale and evidence is provided on energy and emission performance in operational environments. The LeanShips partnership contains ship owners, shipyards and equipment suppliers, in total 48 partners from industry (81%) and other organisations. Industry has a leading role in each demonstrator. Target markets are the smaller-midsized ships for intra-European waterborne transport, vessels for offshore operations and the leisure/cruise market. First impact estimates show fuel saving of up to 25 %, CO2 at least up to 25%, and SOx/NOx/PM 10-100%. These estimates will be updated during the project. First market potential estimates for the LeanShips partnership and for markets beyond the partnership are promising. Project activities are structured into 3 layers: Basis layer with 8 focused demonstrators (WP 04-11), Integration layer with QA, Innovation Platform and Guide to Innovation (WP02), Dissemination and Market-uptake (WP03), and top Management layer (WP01), in total 11 Work Packages. The demonstrators represent an industry investment of ca. M 57, the required funding is M 17,25.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-6.2-2014 | Award Amount: 7.55M | Year: 2015

SYNCHRO-NET will demonstrate how a powerful and innovative SYNCHRO-modal supply chain eco-NET can catalyse the uptake of the slow steaming concept and synchro-modality, guaranteeing cost-effective robust solutions that de-stress the supply chain to reduce emissions and costs for logistics operations while simultaneously increasing reliability and service levels for logistics users. The core of the SYNCHRO-NET solution will be an integrated optimisation and simulation eco-net, incorporating: real-time synchro-modal logistics optimisation (e-Freight-enabled); slow steaming ship simulation & control systems; synchro-modal risk/benefit analysis statistical modelling; dynamic stakeholder impact assessment solution; and a synchro-operability communications and governance architecture. Perhaps the most important output of SYNCHRO-NET will be the demonstration that slow steaming, coupled with synchro-modal logistics optimisation delivers amazing benefits to all stakeholders in the supply chain: massive reduction in emissions for shipping and land-based transport due to modal shift to greener modes AND optimised planning processes leading to reduced empty kms for trucks and fewer wasted repositioning movements. This will lead to lower costs for ALL stakeholders shipping companies and logistics operators will benefit from massive reduction in fuel usage, faster turnaround times in ports & terminals and increased resource utilisation/efficiency. Customers and end users will have greater control of their supply chain, leading to more reliable replenishment activity and therefore reduced safety stocks and expensive warehousing. Authorities and governmental organisations will benefit from a smoother, more controlled flow of goods through busy terminals, and reduction of congestion on major roads, thus maximising the utilisation of current infrastructure and making the resourcing of vital activities such as import/export control, policing and border security less costly.


Patent
Kongsberg Maritime AS | Date: 2013-03-07

The present invention relates to a system for reducing load and frequency variations in the power distribution of a dynamically positioned vessel. The system comprising a consumer load control being connected to at least one power generator and at least one thruster, the consumer load control being adapted to monitor the available power in the system, from said at least one power generator and, the power consumption from said at least one thruster as well as other power consumers in the system. The system also comprises a dynamic positioning (DP) unit monitoring the position of the vessel calculating the required thruster capacity for maintaining a predetermined position, wherein the DP unit is adapted to define an acceptable window for variations in said position relative to the predetermined position, and said consumer load control is adapted to adjust the power provided to said thruster in order to reduce total load variations depending on the available power and to the position of the vessel relative to said window.


Patent
Kongsberg Maritime AS | Date: 2013-02-05

A subsea sonar unit includes an acoustic transducer. The acoustic transducer transmitting an acoustic beam defining an acoustic propagation path for acoustic signals to or from the transducer, and the unit also includes a housing at least a part of which being oil filled and positioned in the propagation path of the beam. The housing is acoustically transparent in the direction of the acoustical beam and has an outer surface with a known shape in the propagation path. The unit also includes a corrective lens, the corrective lens being mounted in the propagation path between the transducer and the housing part the interface between which defining a first surface having a shape relative to the cross section of the acoustic beam in the propagation path essentially corresponding to the shape of the housing surface relative to the beams cross section at the housing surface in the propagation path.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-SEC-2007.1.7 | Award Amount: 4.26M | Year: 2008

The UAN project aims at conceiving, developing and testing at sea an innovative and operational concept for integrating in a unique system submerged, surface and aerial sensors with the objective of protecting critical infrastructures, such as off-shore platforms and energy plants. The security of such economically vital infrastructures requires an integrated approach involving underwater and land/air sensors and actuators for surveillance, monitoring and deterrence. In particular UAN focuses on a security oriented underwater wireless network infrastructure, realized by hydroacoustic communication. The UAN concept is to gather environmental information during the acoustic transmission and use it to predict the acoustic propagation conditions and the optimal obtainable performance at any given time. This information is used in the communication system for precise tuning. This tuning will take place at two different levels: i) by improving the basic point-to-point connection, by introducing physical and geometric constraints in the channel equalization and optimization process of the communication settings and ii) at the macro network configuration level by adapting node geometric configuration to the acoustic propagation conditions predicted from the environmental observations. This can be done in depth or in range by moving nodes placed on AUVs either to increase the point-to-point communication capacity or by serving as relay nodes to more distant, and at that time, inaccessible fixed nodes. This is a rather new approach that requires a better understanding of the acoustic propagation physics as well as a capacity to include that knowledge into technologically advanced communications modules and algorithms for underwater communications. The UAN project builds on a multidisciplinary consortium of technologically advanced industries, field experienced university labs and governmental agencies, thus grouping the required knowledge and experience.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.3.5 | Award Amount: 2.89M | Year: 2010

The CLAM project aims at developing a collaborative embedded monitoring and control platform for submarine surveillance by combining cutting edge acoustic vector sensor technology, underwater wireless sensor network protocols, collaborative situation-aware reasoning and distributed signal processing techniques for horizontal and vertical linear sensor arrays. The result will be a cooperative, flexible and robust underwater sensing, reasoning and communication platform for online surveillance of submarine environments accommodating pervasively deployed heterogeneous sensor nodes deployed at different water depths, enabling sensing and actuating devices to exchange data, autonomously network together, and collaboratively and locally asses their observation environment and act upon. Horizontal and vertical collaboration between sensor arrays in form of collaborative routing and beam forming, sensor fusion and distributed processing and reasoning enables fine-grained monitoring of the submarine environment and collaborative event detection as well as transmission of the network information to the monitoring stations.\nCLAMs consortium has experience and knowledge needed to deliver, exploit, and commercialize a complete solution right from the sensor node platform design, collaborative communication and networking protocols, adaptive, robust and scalable collaborative data processing and reasoning, up to the application requirements and market analysis. Participation of the international, external advisory board in this project indicates that the demand and potential market for such monitoring platforms goes beyond Europe. This can offer Europe a great opportunity in becoming an international leader in this emerging area which is still very much in its infancy.


Patent
Kongsberg Maritime AS | Date: 2013-05-02

This invention relates to a system for reducing frequency and/or voltage variations in the power distribution system. The system comprises a power control unit being connected to at least one power generator and at least one consumer, power control system being adapted to monitor the measured load in the system from said at least one power generator and the power consumption from said at least one consumer, and a prediction allocating system for adapted to receive information from, each consumer related to the planned or predicted power consumption and to calculate expected power consumption of the system, and feeding the allocated power consumption to a motor generator system (MGS) controller.


News Article | November 3, 2016
Site: www.gizmag.com

More and more autonomous boats are taking to the water, with the Royal Navy's surveillance craft tested in the Thames, Roboats roaming Amsterdam's canals, and the Solar Voyager's (unfortunately unsuccessful) attempt at crossing the Atlantic. Now the UK's Automated Ships Ltd and Norway's Kongsberg Maritime have announced plans to construct what they claim will be the world's first autonomous ship for offshore operations. Dubbed "Hrönn", the vessel will be a light-duty utility ship designed for surveying, delivering cargo to offshore installations, and launching and recovering smaller remote-controlled or autonomous vehicles. It could find work in the offshore energy, fish-farming, scientific and hydrographic industries, and since a human crew isn't required the craft could be stationed near an offshore facility awaiting its cue to jump in and help, possibly working shoulder-to-shoulder with manned vessels. "The advantages of unmanned ships are manifold, but primarily center on the safe guarding of life and reduction in the cost of production and operations," says Brett A. Phaneuf, Managing Director of Automated Ships. "Removing people from the hazardous environment of at-sea operations and re-employing them on-shore to monitor and operate robotic vessels remotely, along with the significantly decreased cost in constructing ships, will revolutionize the marine industry." Initially, Hrönn will be remotely controlled in a Man-in-the-Loop Control mode instead of full autonomy, but the plan is to transition it towards that goal over time, as remote tests help the team develop the required control algorithms. It isn't completely smooth sailing just yet, with the companies acknowledging that current regulations restrict autonomous watercraft to smaller boats for near-shore operations. Once constructed, the Hrönn will be put through sea trials in the Trondheim fjord testbed under the watchful eye of the Norwegian Maritime Authority and risk management company DNV GL, to have it classed and flagged. Construction on the Hrönn will begin in January 2017 in Norway, handled by Kongsberg, which has previously helped out with the Eelume underwater maintenance snake-robot and conducting sonar searches for the Loch Ness Monster – which were, technically, successful. If all goes to plan, Hrönn will enter field operation sometime in 2018.


News Article | December 21, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

According to the market research report "Service Robotics Market by Operating Environment (Aerial, Ground, Marine), Application (Professional, Personal), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Row) - Global Forecast to 2022", published By MarketsandMarkets, the service robotics market is expected to reach USD 23.90 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 15.18% between 2016 and 2022.     (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160303/792302 ) Early buyers will receive 10% customization on this report. The growth in Service Robotics Market is expected to be driven by rising demand for mobile-robotic solution across warehouse automation and logistics, and high demand from medical and healthcare sectors, and increasing usage of service robotics in education and research institutes. The short- to medium-term payback period supported by higher RoI is another factor leading to the growth of service robotics market in the near future. The market for ground-based service robots expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period The market for ground-based service robotics systems is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. Growing usage of AGVs and other service robots for automating the warehouses across the globe is key driving factor for the said market. The estimated increase in the demand for personal service robots, apart from the increase in demand for logistics and telepresence robots, is another key factor likely to drive the market for ground-based service robots. Professional service robots held the largest market share of the service robotics market in 2015 Professional service robotics is currently most widely developed and deployed application area of service robots in terms of market value. The market is expected to be driven by the increase in demand for logistics applications. However, other emerging professional applications such as telepresence and inspection and maintenance are expected to fuel the overall service robotics market during the forecast period. Europe held the largest market in 2015, followed by North America and Asia-Pacific for service robots. The growth in the European market was driven by the demand for service robots in defense, domestic robots, and education and research and hobbyist sectors. Additionally, the marine, milking robots, and logistics robots are further expected to add to the growth of market in Europe region. The U.K. held the largest share of the European service robotics market owing to significant adoption rate among elderly healthcare and the personal assistance robots. The costs of manufacturing robotics components are also decreasing steadily because of the increasing technological breakthroughs. Major players in this market include Northrop Grumman Corporation (U.S.), KUKA AG (Germany), iRobot Corporation (U.S.), Kongsberg Maritime AS (Norway), DJI (China), Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (U.S.), Parrot SA (France), GeckoSystems  Intl. Corp. (U.S.), Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (Japan), Adept Technology, Inc. (U.S.), Bluefin Robotics- now wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics Mission Systems, Inc. (U.S.), ECA Group (France), Aethon Inc. (U.S.), DeLaval International AB (Sweden), and Lely Holding S.a.r.l. (Netherlands). 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