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Robotic subsea exploration technologies

Objective

There is a need to develop an autonomous, reliable, cost effective technology to map vast terrains, in terms of mineral and raw material contents which will aid in reducing the cost of mineral exploration, currently performed by ROVs and dedicated SSVs and crew. Furthermore there is a need to identify, in an efficient and non-intrusive manner (minimum impact to the environment), the most rich mineral sites. This technology will aid the seabed mining industry, reduce the cost of exploration and especially the detailed identification of the raw materials contained in a mining sites and enable targeted mining only of the richest resources existing.

The ROBUST proposal aims to tackle the aforementioned issue by developing sea bed in situ material identification through the fusion of two technologies, namely laser-based in-situ element-analyzing capability merged with underwater AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) technologies for sea bed 3D mapping. This will enable resource identification done by robotic control enabled by the synergy between AUV hovering and manipulator capabilities. The underwater robotic laser process is the Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), used for identification of materials on the sea bed. The AUV Robotic vehicle will dive, identify the resources that are targeted for LIBS scanning through 3D real time mapping of the terrain (hydro-acoustically, laser scanners, photogrammetry) and position the LIBS in the required locations of mineral deposits on the ocean floor to autonomously perform qualitative and quantitative analyses.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/quantitative analysis
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/acoustics
  • /medical and health sciences
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/optical sensors
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/software development/software architecture

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2015-one-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 987 536,25

Participants (8)

CGG SERVICES SAS

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 9 036
Address
27 Avenue Carnot
91341 Massy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALS MARINE CONSULTANTS LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 663 250
Address
Serifos 17
3046 Lemesos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LZH LASERZENTRUM HANNOVER EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 237 784
Address
Hollerithallee 8
30419 Hannover
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 549 000
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel
Activity type
Research Organisations
GRAAL TECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 789 967,50
Address
Via Egidio Tagliolini 26
16152 Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEOLASE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 190 643,75
Address
Hollerithallee 17
30419 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 900 130
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CORONIS COMPUTING SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 659 375
Address
Parc Cientific I Tecnologic De La Universitat De G Fici Giroempren, Calle Pic De Peguera, N Umero 15
17003 Girona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)