The story of how we started

Some years ago, deep inside an arctic fjord, a small team of workers struggled thru a winter storm; their mission was to keep the production of fresh salmon safe and clean out in the fjord.

They worked with heavy machinery, high-pressure systems, hydraulics, and massive generators and ROVs. Everything to have clean and safe nets, ensuring good conditions for the salmon.

12 x 5000square meters of nets were cleaned and inspected under that storm.

2016 - The problem
Founder of Probotic, Mikkel Pedersen, is doing his third net-cleaning operation of the day and realizes that staring at a screen for hours and hours each day just seeing into a net, feels meaningless.
A machine could do the same!
2017 - The Ideas
After a long, dark, and cold winter at sea, Mikkel has had time to start to draft many sketches, and as new designs were drawn, a vision began to emerge.
Sketch of Probotic's autonomous net pen inspection and cleaning robot.

One of many concept sketches of how a robot could be designed.

2017 - Hard Work
Getting more and more obsessed with the idea, Mikkel quits his old job and starts his own business. He gets assignments from the local fish farmers, and earns his first money to spend on the idea.
A pick-up truck with a boat on a trailer.

A lot of equipment and a boat were invested in starting the business.

Ballangen sjøfarm logo.

"The awesome fish farmer Ballangen Sjofarm gained belief in me in the start; they shared my vision to automate the net cleaning and inspection, and gave me enough work to overcome the first hard years. Without them, this would be another story"

Mikkel, founder.

2017 - First customer
After a year of hard work, Mikkel now had a business and also finally time to work on the brilliant idea! Autonomous inspection and cleaning of the fish pen nets! 🎉
Mikkel Pedersen

“At this stage, we started testing the first concept prototypes. We collaborated with specialists from Sintef Ocean and built different prototypes. It was exciting times, and our testing established proof that the concept of constant cleaning worked and prevented the biofilm of marine fouling from growing on the nets.”

Mikkel, Founder of Probotic

3D render of Probotic's autonomous net pen inspection and cleaning robot.
The Solution was simple as a concept, build a robot that keeps the nets clean, and inspects them all the time. This way, no salmon can escape, and with always clean nets, you always have the best conditions for the fish.🎉

2018 - First Tests
Magnets and testing!
Prototype of Probotic's autonomous net pen inspection and cleaning robot.

Our first testing was basic concept tests. After some weeks we realized that constant gentle cleaning, kept the nets clean, - this was awesome! This actually could work! A great milestone and a motivation burst.

2019 - Masterplan
The masterplan!
Now the name "Probotic" is born. With lessons learned from our initial testing ad, we could see the solution in sight. With a grant of 130 000 EUR from Innovation Norway, a new patent filed, we sat out with new hopes.

Many Prototypes are designed, and we start with digital testing with hydrodynamic flow models. Now we are closing in and verifying more and more of our different parts of the total concept.



To relight or rekindle (a light, flame, etc.)

An autonomous underwater drone.
Funding - 2020
300 000 EUR in funding. CoFounder invests in Probotic and joins the board. We filed another patent regarding underwater navigation in a confined space.

Design and prototype are evolving simultaneously as serious investors capitalize on their beliefs in the idea. The Probotic team expands with both technical engineers and software developers. Tests show that we are closing in on a robust concept.

More funding - 2021
🚀 A2-Inspect launches
260 000 EUR in grants from
Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF)
to the development of our function:
Autonomous Net Inspection.

Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF) logo.
Visual of the autonomous inspection of a net pen.
Tore Landsem

“QUOTE custumer.”

Lars R. Lovund - Chief Adviser FHF

Even more funding - 2021
The Research Council of Norway logo.
🚀 A2-Inspect launches
600 000 EUR granted from The Research Council Norway for our development of the function; Autonomous Net Cleaning.

The development of the Probot underwater drone provides a preventive method that's a more natural and gentle way to clean the nets and hinders biofilm creation on the fish nets entirely; This is possible by constantly cleaning around the clock. The only times the drones will be paused are during battery charging or additional inspection by the operator.

Seaweed at the bottom of a net pen. A school of fish in the background.
Tore Landsem

“QUOTE custumer.”


Piloting - 2022
Startet piloting

The first pilot starts in June .

• Jet-propulsion system works in real conditions and enables seaweed to flush thru the water jet. 

• Probot can operate in 90cm/sec of water current when in cleaning mode.

• Probot can operate 180cm/sec of water current when in inspecting mode.

• The submersible docking station holds the drone secured in place and has gone thru one storm with measured one meter/second of water current.

• The hydrodynamics of the drone allows for smooth movement in the water.

• Live video and sensor data from drones are now available.

• Beta version of detection algorithm already finds holes.

month of• No dealbreakers after a month of testing.

Autonomous drone cleaning fish pen net
Mikkel Pedersen

“The time is now! Automating the hardest of underwater operations is just the start! in the years to come, Probotic is going to be Tesla underwater!."

Mikkel, Founder of Probotic