Periscope Network Market Opportunity Report - Smart Inspection and Maintenance; Aerial Drones

The transition of the maritime and offshore industries toward a sustainable “Blue Growth” future is driven by incentives to unlock new growth areas, develop and apply new technologies, and increase productivity. The development and utilization of aerial drones for smart inspection and mainte- nance provides an opportunity to support the accomplishment of these goals. The rapid develop- ment in drone technology and the continuous growth in the amount and size of offshore installa- tions provide the context for growth.

To support investment timing decisions for enterprises and research policy, an engagement tool was developed around future use cases for aerial drones. This report presents the outcome and analysis of 3 surveys taken by a total of 75 respondents. Respondents expect that:

  • Drones for predator bird abatement at aquaculture farms are expected to become an ac- cepted practice 5 years from now, and respondents rated the business potential at 3.6/5. In order to develop this opportunity, respondents mostly mention technical factors (40%), fol- lowed by economic (27%), political (6%), social factors (15%), and environmental factors (12%).

  • Drones for offshore maintenance and repair are expected to become an accepted practice 8 years from now, and respondents rated the business potential at 4.1/5. In order to develop this opportunity, respondents mostly mention technical factors (54%), followed by economic (19%), social factors (15%), political (12%), and environmental factors (0%).

  • Drones for de-icing offshore windmills are expected to become an accepted practice 7 years from now, and respondents rated the business potential at 3.3/5. In order to develop this opportunity, respondents mostly mention technical factors (52%), followed by economic fac- tors (23%), social (16%), political (7%) and environmental factors (2%).

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By Anna Lygre Solvang