Bristol-based firm Perceptual Robotics has successfully concluded its most significant investment round yet, gaining support from Susten, a prominent player in the energy sector.
The company has developed the Dhalion system, which facilitates automated wind turbine inspections using drones and artificial intelligence. This technology allows for the detection of damage, such as erosion and cracks, in wind turbine blades. The outcome of these inspections is integrated into a web-based tool that helps manage the inspection and maintenance of multiple assets. This system not only identifies damages early on, thereby potentially reducing repair costs and boosting production, but also assists clients in familiarizing their teams with state-of-the-art technologies.
Kostas Karachalios, CEO of Perceptual Robotics, remarked on the collaboration,
"Susten's involvement will significantly enhance our endeavors, bolstering our growth. Their investment will support our expansion goals, both in terms of personnel and market reach."
Susten’s investment adds to Perceptual Robotics’ string of financial successes, following a funding round earlier this year. That round saw participation from various international investors, including One Planet Capital, Metavallon VC, TSP Ventures, Brookstreet Equity Partners, and Lstone Capital. The capital infusion has already paved the way for Perceptual Robotics' outreach efforts in Southeast Asia, North and South America, and in augmenting its global team.
In conjunction with the funding news, the company has also announced that Chrys Vakla, Deputy CEO of Susten, will be joining Perceptual Robotics' board. Vakla's industry knowledge is expected to bolster the firm's technological advancements in the realm of robotics and automation. On her appointment, Vakla noted, "Susten's thorough assessment of robotic services in the renewable domain led us to recognize Perceptual Robotics for its cutting-edge technology and dynamic team. I am eager to contribute to the board and foresee robust growth in our collaborative future."
The synergy between Perceptual Robotics and Susten underscores a mutual understanding and a shared vision. Susten's sustained financial backing is indicative of its belief in Perceptual Robotics' potential to make a significant difference in the renewable energy sector.