The proposed R&D activity consists in the realization of an innovation project related to a product oriented to the development of USVs. USVs appear as a complementary solution to manned boats, although for some applications they can be an alternative. In short, it can be said that USVs are appropriate for maritime activities that are dangerous for crews or are repetitive or those needing continuous operation. The advantages of using USVs versus manned systems for the above mentioned applications are:
- Risk reduction for crews in hazardous situations.
- Reduced costs by not having to ship crews.
- Allow continuous operation only limited by available fuel.
- Ability to operate in adverse maritime conditions.
- Faster deployment of the boat by not carrying crew.
- They can be deployed and operated from land or from a mother ship allowing to increase their range of action
The general objective of the ECUVE project is to develop a system based on unmanned vessels known as USV. With regard to the uses, this product is suitable for various naval applications, in particular those of repetitive type, which require a rapid intervention or which represent a risk for the crews. In particular, the specific objective of the project is to orient it to environmental surveillance and control in the marine field. Another specific objective is that the exploitation of the system will be made jointly between UTEK and PLOCAN in the facilities of the latter.
This project is funded by the Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and the Information Society (ACIISI) and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The last 28th of october of 2019, were done the first trials with PLOCAN y its marine test-site in canary waters
This new concept of autonomous, multifunctional and highly modular boat, offers unprecedented potential in terms of capabilities, applications and synergies between sectors, highlighting search and rescue, surveillance and protection of infrastructures and ports, as well as specific tasks related to marine environment, improving and increasing aspects in the safety in the operation, efficiency and sustainability.