C Robotics

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Integrating systems on board

The next step for C Robotics is to make clear how the C-Bud and the C-Disc can be integrated on fishing vessels.

Depending on the harvest species, systems can be modified or adjusted. For example, the diameter of the pipes on the C-Disc can be altered while the pipes and mouthpieces can be easily swapped for others, similar to a vacuum cleaner that comes with a variety of implements. Different parts and solutions are also available depending on customer preference, such as a brush at the end of the hose or an open tube that can scoop up a species more easily.

The C-Bud showing what it can do. Image: C Robotics

The environment in which the systems will be used also needs to be considered, according to Rune Svendsen.

‘For the C-Disc, weather conditions at the surface will need to be monitored depending on the skills of the divers operating the hose,’ he said.

‘The C-Bud is deployed and lifted from large coastline vessels, so a certain amount of deck space and a lifting device such as a crane will also be required. The seabed is another factor. Fortunately conditions there tend to be calm, but if the seabed is uneven, the systems can be adjusted. The key for us now is to show how the C-Bud and the C-Disc can be integrated on fishing vessels and how vessels could be modified to accommodate the systems.’

The C-Bud and the C-Disc are not only potential solutions for the fishing industry. There is also potential to play a key role in the battle against invasive species such as the green crab, which was first discovered in Canada in 2007. Another potential avenue is environmental work – ocean cleanups, waste removal from fish farms and taking plastics out of harbours.

A stretch of sea bed after harvesting by a C-Bud. Image: C Robotics

‘Because the C-Disc is a suction device that can be modified, it has a lot of possible applications, even archaeological work or seabed excavations,’ Rune Svendsen said. ‘Ocean cleaning is another key area but there is a challenge there. Because of the suction, everything will be vacuumed but the price you pay is the vast amount of water coming out at the other end so we are looking into bigger filtering systems to address this issue.’

Before the C-Bud and C-Disc make their debuts, they will have to complete test drives, demonstration projects and approvals for use. In 2022, Rune Svendsen will be focusing on further discussions with potential clients to find customising solutions and more tests to ensure that the systems are running smoothly.

‘Now it is not so much about how the systems work and the different components that they have,’ he said.

‘It’s more about how they can play a role in solving a problem and how they can be integrated into different industries. How easy or difficult are they to use, and how much maintenance is required each day? These must be made clear. For now, however, we are excited to see that the catch rate of our systems is just as good as other harvesting methods. I wouldn’t say better, but just as good, which is a good enough starting point for us.’