The use of mixed reality (MR) remote assistance technology for inspecting and maintaining the Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) aims to support the continued integration of renewable energy into the Belgian electricity grid, since it allows maintenance operators to access real-time digital advice and guidance on how to quickly fix issues that arise on the MOG.
About the practice:
The practice involves maintenance operators on the MOG using a Microsoft HoloLens 2 (Mixed Reality smart glasses), allowing them to share their real-time view of the MOG with remote experts, and receive audio/visual assistance from them. The HoloLens 2 overlays digital content/information on top of the video feed of the real world. The MOG is a switching platform 40 km off the Belgian coast which transports the electricity generated by four wind farms to the mainland. It therefore permits the integration of renewable energy into the Belgian electricity grid. The Hololens 2 reduces the time and cost involved in bringing experts to the MOG itself and decreases CO₂ emissions related to transporting external experts to the MOG.