HDES has conducted a study together with the TU Delft and Rocketberry to look at long range aquatic robots. These are drones or robots that move on or below the surface. From the beginning collaboration was sought with the Port of Rotterdam and a businesscase around robots that could chart silt deposits in the port to allow more efficient dredging was set up. An important result of this work was that the idea itself was feasible and could be achieved with esiting aquabots. Therefore, no new aquabot development was needed.
The study consisted of three parts, in the first part, the energy systems were further analysed . In the second part, the user case was be examined and a system study was completed to come to a conceptual system design. This included a trade-off of aquabots to find the one that was the most suitable for the job. In the third part, the business case will be analysed and the economics of such a system will be studied.
The study was concluded with a final report in the summer of 2018.