Oslo (Norway): Eelume, a Norwegian company has developed a snake like eel-robot which will perform maintenance task undersea.
This week, Eelume has partnered with Norwegian companies Statoil and Kongsberg Maritime to fast-track production of these serpentine machines.
The robots are programmed to live on the seafloor and do the cleaning job. With its snake-like form, the Eelume robot provides access to confined areas that are difficult to access with existing technology.
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“With our unique expertise in the field of snake robotics Eelume is the first company in the world to bring these amazing robots into an industrial setting. Now we take the step from academia and into the commercial world to secure our place in the new and exciting subsea intervention landscape,” Pål Liljebäck, CTO Eelume, was quoted as saying.
They believe that the new technology will significantly reduce costs related to subsea inspection, maintenance and repair operations.
(With ANI inputs)