Imtech Marine Energy & Automation Lab Shap the Future at RDM Innovation Dock
Technical students working on autonomous and emission free sailing
At the World Port Days 2015 in Rotterdam, Imtech Marine has signed for a prolonged stay at the RDM Innovation Dock. The signing was done by Mark Linde (Global Director Design Technology & Engineering Imtech Marine) and Angelien Sanderman (Member of the Board University of Rotterdam). Traditionally the city of Rotterdam has an important position in the global maritime market. This is why Imtech Marine finds it is the perfect place to invest in a greener future and also raise interest of technical talents to come and work in the maritime sector.
Energy & Automation Lab
Part of the RDM Innovation Dock is the Imtech Marine Energy & Automation Lab, a collaboration with among others the University of Rotterdam. At this location talented technical students are working on innovative maritime technologies. With the Lab, Imtech Marine works on the realization of its ambition to be a frontrunner in maritime innovations.
A new future-oriented project is the construction of a Smart Energy Systems Demonstrator. This demonstrator will show a fully adjustable, and safe, energy distribution network that is based on direct current (DC). This demonstrator ensures a better overview of all the energy generation and distribution on board through a newly designed human-machine interface. The result is an advice for the ships crew which will improve efficient and economic sailing.
One of the previous projects was Aquabots; a race between two student teams with scale boats that sailed completely autonomous and emission-free, following the vision of Imtech Marine. Students also built two underwater robots. These open source robots, part of the Knowledge Centre RDM, were built based on OpenROV and are taking part in underwater soil research. Due to this success there will be a demonstration in collaboration with the Dutch Government, planned February 2016.
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