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OUR CUSTOMERS

Energy Robotics works with leaders in competitive and capital-intensive industries. Our clients include companies in oil & gas, chemical manufacturing and energy. Our software enables robots to perform a wide variety of inspection tasks in these industries and delivers actionable information. Our reliable autonomous inspection solution has been put to the test and successfully solved our customers’ needs in a wide range of work environments by increasing operational efficiency, improving workplace safety and enabling predictive maintenance.

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THE OIL & GAS INDUSTRY

THE CHALLENGE

Oil, gas, and petrochemical companies are expected to experience a significant increase in expenses related to health, safety and environmental regulations. These expenses are expected to rise from $39 billion in 2019 to $56 billion in 2030. This rise is attributed to:

Higher standards of safety
Rising costs for deployment in high-risk facilities
A higher proportion of offshore facilities
A rise in the number of old facilities requiring inspection

THE ROBOTICS SOLUTION

These challenges all point to one logical solution: autonomous inspection robots.

Our robot agnostic software optimises inspections in oil, gas, and petrochemical companies. Our end-to-end software solution enables robots to perform never-before completed tasks in potentially explosive ATEX/IECEx work environments. It enables inspection robots to see, hear, smell, measure, move, and act.

All these tasks are completed autonomously and with our software’s focus on data accuracy. A diverse fleet of autonomous robots powered by our software enable safer, more efficient, and less expensive management. Robot operators can monitor and control a fleet of robots remotely, using widely available and pre-existing internet infrastructure such as private WiFi networks and 3G, 4G and 5G.

The Future has already started: Since 2019 leading global energy companies and service providers have equipped their facilities worldwide with robots brain-powered by our software. While Energy Robotics is responsible for the brain of the robots and the whole software stack, the commercially available ATEX/IECEx-certified mobile ground robot hardware comes from our partner ExRobotics.

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"The robot now fully autonomously takes pictures of the gauges, reads them and sends them to our data historians. So, the end-to-end data flow is already fully automated."
Berry Mulder, Manager Robotics at Shell
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

USE CASE AT SHELL

We are transforming operations at Shell’s oil refineries. Our software solution enables a diverse fleet of robots to quickly detect issues such as gas-leaks and automatically provides insights that enable operators to take proactive action and implement predictive maintenance. Our cloud platform is fully integrated into Shell’s cloud, thus enabling easy access to actionable information leading to efficient maintenance and improved asset integrity.

MILESTONES

Energy Robotics has achieved the following milestones in the oil and gas industry:
  • 30.000 hours of successful operations
  • 300.000m of industrial inspection
  • 20.000 points of interests inspected on industrial sites
  • More than 30 robots in operations on 4 continents
  • Smooth supervision of robot fleets over distances of more than 10.000km

THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY

THE CHALLENGE

Inspection rounds are mandatory for operational safety
Quality of data collected is critical to minimise safety risks
The repetitive nature of routine inspections has a waning attention risk for humans
Health risks are involved when humans work near hazardous materials

OUR SOLUTION

We provide solutions to these pressing challenges through our autonomous inspection solution:
DELIVERING VALUE IMMEDIATELY

USE CASE AT MERCK

Our end-to-end solution helps Merck improve operational efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and improve working conditions at their thermal exhaust treatment facility. Thermal exhaust treatment is an intensive process that requires regular maintenance for several critical components. That’s where Energy Robotics comes in…

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MILESTONES

A successful proof-of-concept has been completed at Merck:
  • We have equipped Spot, from Boston Dynamics, with our software stack for autonomous inspection
  • Onboard computing and communications, and sensors such as thermal and zoom cameras are being used to perform inspections and capture high quality data
  • Our web-based user interface has been used to successfully detect potential defects in equipment such as pumps and fans, and inspect pressure and fluid levels in tank
  • Navigational capabilities demonstrated by performing inspections on multi-floor facilities with confined spaces
  • Data is quickly conveyed via encrypted communications over a public 4G network directly to the operator’s PC
  • It was demonstrated how dull, uncomfortable, repetitive tasks can be done by an autonomous robot, thus allowing workers to focus on more important tasks

THE ENERGY INDUSTRY

THE CHALLENGE

Accurate and reliable inspections of energy generation and distribution facilities are crucial for reliably and safely transmitting electricity to customers. The repetitive nature of inspection rounds in energy production facilities creates a waning attention risk for human inspectors. Energy production facilities and power plants are also often hazardous and remote, making human inspection inconvenient and potentially dangerous.

OUR SOLUTION

Our software is applied to a fleet of diverse robots that are well-suited to handle the difficulties and dangers of workplaces in the energy industry. Production and distribution plants can be remotely inspected in a cost-efficient manner. Hazardous and hard-to-reach areas can be easily traversed by robots, reducing risk to humans. Our robotic inspection solution improves efficiency, reliability, data quality, and workplace safety.
"We have successfully tested and are pleased with the various functionalities provided by Energy Robotics, including general inspection of substation technology through reading analog measuring instruments; monitoring basic safety issues; and transmitting data securely."
Sven Mögling, Innovation Manager at E.DIS
TAKING ROBOTICS TO NEW HEIGHTS

USE CASE AT ILLWERKE VKW

Watch how we are revolutionising inspection at llwerke vkw's hydropower plant in this fascinating story covered by popular YouTuber, Tom Scott.
By automating inspection tasks the energy provider can save on travel expenses and monitor the plant constantly, especially in winter months, when storms might shut mountain roads making the plant inaccessible.

EMPOWERING CHANGE                                           

USE CASE AT e.dis

We are driving innovation in the energy sector by deploying autonomous robots in remote substations and delivering actionable information directly to engineers, thus saving travel time and effectively keeping a watch on critical equipment through frequent inspection rounds.

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