Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Find out more about our robotics and autonomous systems testing and validation facilities.

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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

Helicopter Crew Transfers at Westermost Rough

As wind farms move further offshore, the logistical challenges around O&M are becoming more complex. Longer journeys by crew transfer vessel reduce the amount of time that technicians have to undertake work on the turbines: a problem that can be compounded by short weather windows. When DONG Energy contracted a helicopter to support its O&M logistics at Westermost Rough, it became the Danish company’s first wind farm in the UK to use such a strategy. This O&M Case Study looks at DONG’s approach, the key advantages and disadvantages of using helicopters in offshore wind, and the challenges and lessons learned.

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