BrainBotics are using robot to harvest seaweed

Smelly piles of rotten seaweed and algae blooms are a growing problem in many parts of the world due to over-fertilization and climate change. New project will use robot technology to harvest and recycle the surplus of seaweed in a sustainable way.

In maritime environments with too much nitrogen and phosphorus, the extreme growth and surplus of seaweed and algae is a growing problem. All over the world, money is spent on collecting, handling and destroying the surplus of seaweed. However, seaweed has many useful properties and can be used as an energy source in biogas plants, as a fertilizer, for insulation and as a raw material in animal feed, in cosmetics or even as a healthy food for humans. Therefore, it makes good sense to collect and use it for something useful, and the global market value is estimated to be up to $ 10 billion. In addition, collecting seaweed can help reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus emitted in the oceans, and bring the marine environment into balance.

Over the next six months, the Dutch company RanMarine and Danish startup BrainBotics will collaborate on collecting seaweed along the Danish coastlines using the innovative drone WasteShark from RanMarine, which is a small autonomous vessel for waste collection in maritime environments.

Søren Pallisgaard from BrainBotics says “Surplus of seaweed and algae is a growing problem, but it is also a resource that we do not utilize. In recent years, robot technology has moved from being focused on industrial manufacturing, to being used as tool in solving a number of environmental problems. With this project, we want to show that technology can be used to remove and recycle surplus of seaweed in a sustainable way”

The initiative is supported by the EU project RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance), which is a funding scheme under the EU’s research program.

Talk at Employment and Integration Administration in Copenhagen Municipality

Employees in the Employment and Integration Administration became more aware of digitisation and robot technology when robot and machine learning expert Søren Tranberg Hansen gave a presentation at Jobcenter Copenhagen. Søren brought the robot Pepper to demonstrate the limitations of the robots: Pepper can find answers to what he’s coded for, but if you ask him a question he’s not prepared for, you won’t get a word out of him. So the reality is far from the horror scenario that we know from the Terminator😊 The job centre already has good experience in the use of robotics. It’s not a physical robot like Pepper, though. Because in the autumn, the job centre was given ASTA, a programme that can quickly find relevant information in a case. This means that in the long term the job consultants can spend more time on the citizen and less time on the preparation. ASTA is only one initiative out of many in an ambitious digitisation strategy that will be implemented in management in the coming years.

Year One Demonstration

Polaris’ can now guide a user to an optional conference room. The guidance is similar to how it would lead a traveller from one place in an airport to another.

Polaris can now:

  • Balance while waiting for instructions from a user.
  • Present the user with an interface, from where different POIs (from the MapsIndoors CMS) are found.
  • Pictures, text, and location of each PIO can be seen, and when a POI is chosen, the user can ask to be guided to that POI.
  • The user is then presented with an estimate of the time it will take to go there, and so the journey begins, and the user can follow Polaris to the conference room.
  • During this ‘journey’ the user can stop and start Polaris, and when arriving at the destination, the user is told so.
  • Also a new conference room can be added to the MapsIndoors CMS, and shortly hereafter it will appear on the Polaris interface, where it can be selected as a new destination, and a new journey can begin.
The Polaris Robot

Robot Union – The European Robotics Acceleration program

2nd Open Call – 11 February – 30 April 2019

RobotUnion will select 20 startups that will be financed with up to €223,000 in cash plus acceleration services. The 20 startups selected will receive €3,800 each equity free in cash and mentoring services in the first 2-month Feasibility Plan stage. The 10 best of these startups will enter in the product acceleration program and will receive up to €120,000. 8 Startups selected from the previous phase will enter the intensive 4-month Business Acceleration program which will finish with a selection of the 4 best startups which will receive up to €100,000 in the final Investment phase. In total, Startups can receive up to €223,000 in cash plus services.

The four best startups will also have the possibility to be privately funded with around €1M with the help of BlumorphoOdense Seed and Venture and Chrysalix that are part of RobotUnion consortium.

Selected companies would be able to participate in a 16 months online Premium Acceleration Service, led by top Research and Technology Organizations from all over Europe, key world-class digital ecosystem professionals and entrepreneurs.

Robots at the Danish Chamber of Commerce

The Danish Chamber of Commerce is the network for Trade, IT, Industry and Service in Denmark.

On October 3 2018, the Danish Chamber of Commerce opened the doors to Advisor Day 18, which focused on the future labor market and skills. In focus among other things, was n what new technologies mean for the Danish and international labor market and delve into some of the trends in the advisory industry that we are currently witnessing.

Søren Tranberg gave a tech talk on what robotics will impact advisor business.

Robots and AI in the maritime sector

Søren Tranberg is keynote at MSSM18 organized by the Maritime Development Center

MSSM is an annual conference where the maritime industry meets on safety, health and environment. The Blue Denmark can experience lectures, workshops and presentations. The conference is a great opportunity to meet colleagues across organizations and expand their network in the industry.

The conference’s goal is to gather shipping companies, authorities, research, companies and maritime schools working with the working environment, safety, health, well-being, cooperation, management and the environment at the office and at sea.

You can find lots of inspiration – also at the conference industry exhibition. Here, Blue Denmark shows some of the results that help ensure that the industry can maintain its high level of safety and a good working environment – even in the future.