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Test Site for Underwater Drones

Photo by Jan Christian Torvestad Equinor: Charging station for underwater drones, now placed in Trondheimsfjorden.
Charging station for underwater drones, now placed in Trondheimsfjorden. Photo by Jan Christian Torvestad Equinor:

NTNU and Equinor opens test site for underwater drones at 365 meter depths in Trondheimsfjorden.

The test site will allow for testing of new solutions in underwater operations. The system has an inductive power and communication system from Blue Logic, WiSub and Siemens.

Focus on Autonomy

NTNU will operate the test site. Asgeir Sørensen, director of NTNU AMOS (Centre for Autonomous Marine Operation and Systems) stated that the site is unique in a global context. – Docking subsea has been demonstrated before, but this is the first time docking and charging is done on an industrial scale.

Sørensen will be one of the presenters at our Subsea Innovation Day 16.september 2019. He will present how they work to support industry with competence to develop the next generation of autonomous systems.

Watch NRK broadcast from the test site opening.

Equinor with High Focus on UID

Equinor has a strong focus on Underwater Intervention Drones (UID), and several projects are ongoing to develop, test and demonstrate a wide range of innovative technologies.

Pål Atle Solheimsnes will present ongoing projects and vision for Underwater Intervention Drones at our Subsea Innovation Day. Solheimsnes is leading advisor, and coordinate a lot of the development work.

Furthermore, Nina Reiersgaard Enterprise Data Management will present Equinor’s work to establish guidelines for data management and ownership, and how good data sharing can strengthen the industry in a data driven energy future, seen from an ecosystem perspective.

Eelume is First Out

Eelume will be the first company to test their technology at the new test site in Trondheimsfjorden. Eelume will soon be ready to be used at Equinor's Åsgard field and the project is a collaboration between several of our cluster partners and members like Equinor, NTNU, Sintef, Eelume and several others.

Arne Kjørsvik, CEO Eelume says their robot is a multipurpose tool suitable for different types of inspection and maintenance. – The test site is important for us to demonstrate the robotics in realistic conditions at relevant water depths together with relevant infrastructure.

Many "World First's"

The Subsea Innovation Day will feature several "world first's" including, Swire Seabed’s first autonomous inspection of pipeline and Offshore Sensing’s first Atlantic crossing by an unmanned surface vehicle.

- The Subsea Innovation Day is the right place to be for people interested in the latest developments, possibilities and technology challenges related to subsea technology, says Jon O. Hellevang, Senior Ocean Technology Innovator in GCE Ocean Technology.

This year will feature novel ideas from start-up companies and students as well as insights from key players such as Equinor, OneSubsea and Aker BP.

To learn more sign up for our Subsea Innovation Day 16 September in Bergen.

Contact Information

Jon O. Hellevang

R&D Manager

Jon O. Hellevang

About Subsea Innovation Day

Our Subsea Innovation Day has become a successful annual meeting place for the subsea industry.

Focus is on the many technology challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

The event is a combination of knowledge sharing, inspirational presentations and workshop.