PTTEP and Prince of Songkla University unveil first Thai Beach Cleaning Robot
12 Dec 2017
Songkla December 8, 2017 – PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) unveiled the beach cleaning robot developed in collaboration with Faculty of Engineering, Prince of Songkla University under the “PTTEP Love Sea Love Beach” project. The robot is the first beach cleaning robot invented by Thais to help reduce environmental pollution and preserve the scenery. The beach cleaning robot demonstration was organized at Samila Beach, Songkhla province, Thailand.
PTTEP initiated the Beach Cleaning Robot project in 2016, bringing its international expertise in Engineering, Technology and Environmental Management to undertake study and research collaboratively with the university in developing the beach cleaning robot to deal with environmental problems.
Key advantages of the beach cleaning robot includes its ability to effectively scoop up and quickly separate rubbish from sand through vibrating sieve; its small size which enables collection of garbage around trees area that is usually difficult to access by tractor-pulled beach cleaner; use of rechargeable-battery, its exterior structure reduces machine noise . Importantly, the robot could be built locally, saving costs from having to import. PTTEP will continue to support improvement of the robot’s capabilities before full operation in the future.
Dr. Vinit Hansamuit, Senior Vice President, Technology and Knowledge Management Division, PTTEP, said “The beach cleaning robot is one of many green innovations that reflect PTTEP’s commitment to environmental sustainability through research and development collaborations with education institutions, supporting the education sector to create new technologies for practical application.”
Associate Professor Dr.Pruittikorn Smithmaitrie, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Prince of Songkla University said “collaboration with PTTEP gives the opportunity to develop innovation that address local problems and to augment skill and practical experience for students.”
PTTEP continuously supports research and technology personnel to work with education institutes, private sector and other organizations to invent technologies to enhance effectiveness for both business operation and environmental conservation projects. Examples of innovations include Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), In-pipe Inspection Robot (IPIR), Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
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