Robotics & Autonomous Systems

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Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub

The Catapult has appointed the University of Strathclyde and the University of Manchester to form the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub.

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Automation & Engineering Solutions

Find out more about our work in robotics, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

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Stay Current

Dig deeper into the biggest issues facing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy with our series of Analysis & Insight papers.

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Live Innovation Opportunities

There are a number of programmes laying out the key technology innovation challenges faced by the offshore renewables industry that, when solved, will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. Visit our Live Innovation Opportunities page to find out if your technology has the answer.

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ANALYSIS & INSIGHT

UAV Approaches to Turbine Inspection: Reducing Reliance on Rope-Access

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UAV inspection technology in action.

With the continued rise of robotics and autonomous systems in renewables, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are quickly becoming the go-to method for inspection across the wind industry.

UAV technology provides a means to reduce the risk of inspection tasks, increase the frequency of inspection and provide high-quality information for the maintenance planning process. Although UAV inspection has been adopted in the wind industry, there can be misunderstanding around the capability and application of UAV technology in the sector.

This case study, by Craig Stout and David Thompson, aims to lift the lid on the inspection process and to provide actionable, operational insight from Cyberhawk, one of the wind industry’s leading inspection service providers.

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