The Danish Government Scheme for Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) has awarded DKK 16 million (more than EUR 2 million) to Rope Robotics. The funding supports the development and demonstration of the company’s technology – a robot that can handle all phases of maintenance and repair of offshore wind turbine blades.Repairs of wind turbine blades are currently being carried out by specially trained rope technicians, allowing for the repair works to take place only in very good weather conditions. The Rope Robotics robot is expected to reduce both time and costs in blade maintenance and repair.In this year’s second round of applications, Danish EUDP has awarded 46 innovative projects with a total of DKK 233 million (approx. EUR 31 million).In 2019, EUDP will hand over more than DKK 430 million (approx. EUR 57.6 million). The first round of application for EUDP funds in 2019 will end on 1 March. Offshore WIND Staff
CHARLES CITY — The final two K-Mart stores in Iowa, located here in north-central Iowa are closing. Sears Holdings, the parent company of K-Mart, confirms that their stores in Charles City and Algona will be closing in February. Employees of both stores were informed earlier this week of the decision, with liquidation sales at those locations expected to start in a couple of weeks. A number of K-Mart stores have closed across Iowa in the last year, including those in Webster City and Cherokee. Sears Holdings last month had announced another round closings would take place, but most of the locations impacted were not revealed at the time.