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  • North Sea remains a vibrant hotbed of technology innovation, regulator says

    30 January 2024

    The triple targets of supporting production, reducing emissions, and accelerating the transition to net zero are driving technological innovation in the North Sea, a new report from the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has said. The 2023 Technology Insights report shows that 1,200 new technologies, including aerial drone and self-driving subsea vehicles, have been reported in the latest survey, a significant upswing from the 1,080 developments recorded the previous year, and 880 in 2021....

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  • Innovative nuclear site monitoring and inspection technologies showcased at demo day

    26 June 2023

    The UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) hosted a demo day to showcase the progress of 10 projects funded through the Remote Monitoring of Sensitive Sites competition....

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  • Researchers use autonomous technologies to make mines safer

    05 June 2023

    How do you use drones and robots to make underground mining less risky for workers? Virginia Tech researcher Richard Bishop and his West Virginia University collaborators are working to answer this question. A recent two-year, $569,149 (£458,000) grant will allow the team to study ways to use autonomous drones to predict and prevent roof collapses underground....

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  • Crewless maintenance vessels to support offshore wind farm repairs

    01 June 2023

    Electric remotely operated vehicles (eROVs) that perform maintenance and repair tasks on offshore wind turbines are being developed by the National Robotarium in partnership with Geo-data specialist Fugro. Deployed from Fugro’s uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), the companies are working closely together to explore how the offshore energy sector can benefit from advancing this autonomous technology....

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  • International robotics community called upon to help develop fusion energy

    27 April 2023

    The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is calling upon the international robotics community to help make fusion energy part of the world’s future energy supply in a bid to combat climate change and build towards a net zero society....

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Innovative use of robots and unmanned aerial vehicles at Sellafield 24 March 2023

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is working with Sellafield Ltd on the deployment of robots and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on the Cumbrian site. It is part of the licensee’s drive to accelerate hazard risk reduction through new and innovative approaches within the industry, which ONR supports....

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The Hazardex Awards 06 February 2023

A total of 20 nominees were shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex Awards 2024, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. The winners and highly commended participants were announced during a Gala Dinner at Hazardex Live 2024 on 28 February in Harrogate....

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The February 2023 issue of Hazardex is now available! 03 February 2023

The February 2023 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Security, Risk Assessment, and Asset Management, as well as PPTEx Supplement #19 with articles on Tracking and Assisted Reality. Read it now!...

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Robots will be the oil and gas industry’s growth engine, new report says 03 January 2023

Advances in modular and customizable robots is expected to result in growing deployment of robotics in the oil and gas industry, says data and analytics company GlobalData. Automation enables extensive inspection and maintenance tasks to be conducted while feeding back data to help limit operational costs and improve efficiency which is leading to the volume of robotics use cases in oil & gas growing rapidly....

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The November 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available! 01 November 2022

The November 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Downstream, Hazard Assessment, Cybersecurity, as well as PPTEx Supplement #18 with articles on Smart Safety and Hydrogen. Read it now!...

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