Søren Pallisgaard from BrainBotics presented the RAHIP-project at an international seminar about bio-projects in the Baltic Region in Malmö, Sweden.
The seminar was arranged by Energikontoret Skåne as a part of the Greater BIO project. The goal of the Greater BIO project is to increase the collection and use of biomass, increase the production of biogas from biomass and promote biodiversity. For more information: https://kfsk.se/energikontoretskane/https://kfsk.se/biogassyd/var-verksamhet/greater-bio/
Søren Pallisgaard from BrainBotics presented the RAHIP-project, which is about automated collection of algae and seaweed using robot technology. The main advantages of our approach are:
- An increase in the economic value of the biomass collected
- A lowering of the required initial investment in machinery
- A less invasive collection method, preserving beach areas better
- Access to more restricted coastal zones and spaces
- A lowering of operating costs due to our robot operating autonomously
- A CO2 neutral alternative as our robot can be charged by renewable energy sources
In October, the platform will be tested in Skive Fjord in Northern Jutland, where the robot will be used to collect sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca). In October and November, the robot will be tested for collecting sea grass (Zostera marina) in Odsherred and Møn. The result of the test will data about how much biomass can be collected using robot technology, and how well it performs in operating environment for extended use of time.
At the seminar, Jens Almqvist from KRINOVA gave a presentation about the project CONTRA. The goal of CONTRA is to create sustainable business opportunities when it comes to beach wrack. For more information: https://www.krinova.se/projekt/contra-baltic-beach-wrack-conversion-of-a-nuisance-to-a-resource-and-asset/
Tyge Kjær from Roskilde University informed about the COASTAL Biogas project. The goal of this project is to remove nutrients from the Baltic Sea by digesting washed seaweed into biogas and then using the digestate as biofertilizer. For more information: https://www.coastal-biogas.eu/
RAHIP is supported by the EU project RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance), which is a funding scheme under the EU’s research program.