Robert Gordon University (RGU) has announced it is to partner on a project capable of saving the offshore wind sector more than £1 billion. The project, run through Innovate UK, is said to be worth £830,000 and will provide a “stable working environment” for technicians during blade maintenance. RGU claims the new system will reduce maintenance costs and minimise turbine downtime while increasing the quality and speed of repairs and performance upgrades. Arthur Stewart, senior ergonomics researcher and project leader at RGU, said: “Tasks such as repairing and upgrading turbine blades are typically performed by rope access technicians suspended from the top of the turbine. This can lead to lengthy delays and difficulties due to variable weather and working conditions.
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