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

Repairing Lightning Strike Damage

This case study explores how an incident of lightning strike damage was repaired at a UK offshore wind farm, after an End of Warranty (EoW) inspection found that three blades across the wind farm had been subject to lightning strike damage and required immediate attention. The Owner/Operator engaged with a service provider to execute the necessary rope-access repairs, despite harsh late autumn weather conditions.

To repair the damage, an industry standard technique was employed that involved exposing the affected area, then rebuilding fibreglass layers in-situ using rope-access technicians. The case study is based on experiences at an offshore wind farm in the UK that has been anonymised at the owner’s request.

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