Bangor waste recyclers are gearing up to deploy some of the first ‘honeybee’-like robots that will be deployed in the UK over the next few years.
Robots called ‘Hollybots’ are designed to be easy to control and deploy and can be deployed for short periods of time to collect, process and reuse waste, with the aim of reducing landfill pollution.
The UK government has announced that it is set to launch a pilot scheme to test the deployment of Honeybees, and has given the go-ahead for the technology to be deployed as soon as 2020.
The pilot project will see the first Honeybees deployed in homes in a pilot phase over the coming months.
Honeybees are small, circular machines that collect waste, take it to a collection point and then transport it to the final destination.
The robot is designed to capture and recycle the waste in an environmentally friendly manner, which is in contrast to the typical ‘furniture bin’ robots that currently collect, transport and recycle rubbish.
The robots will be the first of its kind to be made by an industry that has been struggling to establish itself in the world of industrial design, technology and manufacturing.
The Honeybee robot is the latest step towards an industrial revolution that has taken place in the last two decades, according to the UK’s Institute of Technology.
In 2016, the British government’s Department for International Development (DfID) awarded £50,000 to a company called Innovate UK to develop a drone technology to assist in the development of a robot that would be used to recycle waste.
The project is one of several that the UK government is funding to bring robots into homes and businesses.
Earlier this year, the UK launched the UK Robotics Alliance to provide support to UK-based startups and companies looking to expand their business.
In addition to the robot, the alliance aims to develop and implement a range of initiatives to boost the efficiency of the UK industrial economy.
For example, it is planning to offer a range in industrial robots that can handle industrial tasks like assembly, processing and recycling of waste.