New frontiers for inspection and monitoring of offshore energy applications

Business Period Project Coordinator Funding Scheme
Energy January 2020 - December 2022 INESC TEC H2020-ICT-2019-2


Nowadays the costs for inspection, maintenance and repair activities (IMR) of offshore wind farms still constitute a significant part of the total costs of offshore wind power. In particular, with the current technologies these costs can account for up to 30 % of the total cost of energy for offshore wind power.

ATLANTIS Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871571 in order to deploy a pioneer maritime pilot infrastructure for the demonstration of key enabling robotic technologies to support the IMR activities that are required to manage and operate offshore wind farms.

The Windfloat Atlantic offshore wind farm, that will be installed in the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal, will provide an actual operating environment where autonomous robots (aerial, surface, or underwater) will be able to perform inspections and maintenance activities.


In the framework of ATLANTIS, RINA will support the Project Consortium mainly with activities related to Operation and Demonstration of the ATLANTIS Test Center, for example defining the guidelines for update existing Standards for Robotics procedures for Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of off-shore facilities and by performing a preindustrial risk assessment of ATLANTIS offshore structure as well as their interaction with multiple robots.

Moreover, we are involved in the development of ATLANTIS long-term Strategy, Technology Industrialization and Business Case, which means assessing how the solutions developed through ATLANTIS will impact in the European offshore wind industry and, more specifically, on the O&M strategies and costs, also promoting the engagement of stakeholders at different levels.

Finally, we are also responsible for the social, economic and environmental impact analysis in order to identify the future opportunities and barriers to ATLANTIS technology and the IPR Management.


In conclusion, ATLANTIS will play an important role in connecting the market needs and user’s expectation to robotic applications from the research, technology developers and system integrators, by accelerating the roll-out of maritime robotic technology to end-users through real-world demonstrations open to all communities.

Project Consortium

1. Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência, INESC TEC PT 2. Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus, VTT FI 3. Center For New Energy Technologies, EDP PT 4. Principle Power France, PPF FR 5. ABB OY FI 6. ECA Robotics, ECA FR 7. SpaceApplication Services NV, SPACEAPPS BE 8. IQUA Robotics, IQUA ES 9. Universitat de Girona, UdG ES 10. RINA Consulting SPA, RINA-C IT

Laura Bertolacci