Drones for emissions monitoring

Drones for emissions monitoring

December 5, 2018
Head of Communication

Norut is partner in a consortium chosen to provide emissions monitoring along the coasts of Europe, using drone technology.

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has signed a 14 MEUR contract with a three-party consortium comprising Nordic Unmanned AS, UMS Skeldar Sweden AB and Norut Northern Research Institute AS.

EMSA has recently secured four contracts for maritime surveillance services based on remotely piloted aircraft systems. These contracts will provide increased maritime surveillance capabilities to European agencies and member states within the context of their coast guard functions.

These new contracts come in direct response to increased user demand.

Emissions monitoring

The consortium will provide emissions monitoring and multi-purpose services based on the VTOL RPAS, Skeldar V-200. This RPAS carries a sensor for the monitoring of sulphur emissions, is able to take off and land vertically, has more than four hours operational flight time and a range of more than 50km. The Skeldar V-200 also carries a payload of optical and infrared cameras as well as an AIS receiver.

For support to surveillance operations from vessels, EMSA contracted lightweight quadcopters from Nordic Unmanned AS. These services will be based on more than ten INDAGO2 quadcopters from Lockheed Martin. The first devices will be installed on board EMSA’s standby pollution response vessels to support oil spill recovery operations.

At a later stage, they may also be activated for surveillance operations from any patrol vessel.

EMSA contracts additional RPAS for maritime surveillance, emissions monitoring and pollution response.

Erling Sandsdalen, CEO of Norut says:
“Operational tools for dissemination developed through 10 years of UAV-science will now be put into service with Nordic Unmanned flying the SKELDAR V-200. For us, being in consortium with UMS SKELDAR and Nordic Unmanned creates unique opportunities for our UAV-science and concept development.”  

Norut recently completed  the science project “LUMEN - light UAS in non-segregated airspace for maritime and environmental surveillance demonstration” funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). Tools for dissemination of data developed and tested in this LUMEN project are implemented with Nordic Unmanned flying the SKELDAR V-200 for emissions monitoring.

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