BladeBUG is developing advanced robots to assist technicians in the inspection and repair of offshore wind turbine blades
BladeBUG was founded by wind turbine blade engineer Chris Cieslak. Under a grant from Innovate UK, Chris and his team are developing and trialling BladeBUG, a lightweight hexapod robot that can walk directly on wind turbine blades, transforming operations at offshore wind farms.
The robot uses modular tools to scan and conduct preventative maintenance, without exposing human technicians to the harsh offshore conditions.
In this case study, filmed with Innovate UK, founder Chris Cieslak shares what inspired him to develop BladeBUG and why robotics are the ideal solution to support the growing inspection, repair and maintenance needs of the offshore wind sector.