Environmental monitoring of vessel emissions using helicopters and UAVs
Project Sense introduces a cost efficient and reliable
system for monitoring emissions from ships during cruise using unmanned aerial vehicles
(UAV) and helicopters in combination with AIS data and advanced data analysis to sample plumes and
detect non-compliant behaviour enabling effective enforcement of applicable emission
Project Sense awards environmental authorities a
much needed tool in the prevention of air pollution at sea.
The Project Sense system is designed to intelligently
seek out, sample, and deliver sensory data in situations where manned inspection
is difficult and/or traditional monitoring technology too costly to apply.
This patent-pending technology is based on a simple fixed-wing UAV airframe, open-source
flight control technology and low-cost NDIR and electrochemical sensors coupled
with a cloud-based data acquisition and analysis platform.
Because the system is autonomous it can be pre-program-med to carry out a specific
flight mission based on realtime AIS data and other parameters such as wind speed
and direction. No special flight skills are required to operate the system.
Based on the sampled emissions and flight data, the system enables the detection
of any vessel not complying with emission regulations.
Project Sense helicopter testflight, September 2015. Fotograf: Niels Ahlmann Olesen