Scientists created an underwater snake robot to help repair pipelines and structures. Maintenance on these pipes can be dangerous and expensive, costing up to $100,000 a day. These robots create a safer and more sustainable way to tend to these essential improvements.
The robot called Eelume can autonomously move forward with several sensors and a camera on both ends. It can be kept at a docking station at depths up to 547 yards for six months without needing to return to the surface to recharge. It also exchanges parts for different tasks, including tools to operate subsea valves and cleaning brushes to remove marine growth and sediments.
"The diesel-burning surface vessels emit a lot of CO2, but robots, like Eelume, emit almost nothing," says Pål Atle Solheimsnes, lead engineer with Equinor.
Robots like Eelume can transform the oil and gas industry by allowing people to do their jobs safely and more affordably.