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Robotic subsea exploration technologies

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.
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Coordinator

TWI LIMITED

Address

Granta Park Great Abington
Cb21 6al Cambridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 076 636,25

Participants (8)

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CGG SERVICES SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 13 750

ALS MARINE CONSULTANTS LTD

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 663 250

LZH LASER ZENTRUM HANNOVER E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 204 687,50

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 549 000

GRAAL TECH SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 778 750

NEOLASE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 190 643,75

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 900 130

CORONIS COMPUTING SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 609 875

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 690416

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2015

  • End date

    31 January 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 986 722,50

  • EU contribution

    € 5 986 722,50

Coordinated by:

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom