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

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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

Wind Turbine Condition Monitoring: Data Processing and Power Quality Requirements

Deployed in remote locations and subject to harsh ocean conditions, offshore wind turbines are difficult – and expensive – to maintain and keep in healthy condition. This paper by Othmane El Mountassir, an Electrical Project Engineer at ORE Catapult, addresses the main challenges surrounding current condition monitoring systems, and looks at the way forward.

Current condition monitoring systems provide an assessment of some conditions experienced by turbines – temperature and vibration, for instance – but are hamstrung by variable environmental factors and the varying loads experienced. Current systems aim to identify substantial changes to the turbine’s normal operation, and their data can be used to determine whether and where failures are likely to develop. Even with this information, the offshore environment presents challenges that make repairing those failures difficult, so the development and implementation of more comprehensive remote condition monitoring, and power quality monitoring systems, is critical.

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