What are the new frontiers of intelligent extraction of gas from offshore fields?
And how can the use of artificial intelligence make this activity more sustainable, in the path towards the energy transition?
Most of the gas basins are submarine ones. Their digitization, thanks to the use of resident submarine drones, can make it possible to combine the extraction of energy sources with the parallel one of big data. The latter is fundamental to allow the efficiency of activities, the control of the integrity of the extraction sources and the safety of operations, together with the reduction of the use of ships and other surface vehicles for inspection operations, the monitoring of water pollution and that of the health of the seabed, with the wild flora and fauna that inhabit them.
All this was discussed at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2020, the biennial European conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation, hosted this year in Italy by the city of Trieste.
In a panel entitled Digitalization, artificial intelligence and resident subsea drones to support the safe, economically and environmentally sustainable depletion of subsea gas fields and contribute to the energy transition, Chiara Petrioli, Founding Partner and Head of Research and Development of WSENSE, explained how WSENSE communication technologies enable these increasingly crucial scenarios for the sustainability of fossil fuel extraction in the coming decades.