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 identifying the key technology innovation challenges faced by the offshore renewables industry. Solving these challenges 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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VirtualWind II – Current challenges for offshore wind energy in the North Sea

ORE Catapult is teaming up with Fraunhofer IWES, to host the VirtualWind II Online conference focusing on the current challenges for offshore wind energy in the North Sea. With a sessions on site surveys for foundation design and monitoring and O&M optimisation, join us on the 8th of July to hear from a wide range of experts.

Preliminary Program

All event timings are in British Summer Time

9:00 a.m. Welcome: Prof. Andreas Reuter, Managing Director Fraunhofer IWES and Andrew Jamieson, Chief Executive ORE Catapult

9:15 a.m. Keynote – Ørsted – Paula Segelken, Operations Senior Project Lead, Operations Development Projects, Offshore, Ørsted

Block I: Site surveys for foundation design and monitoring

10:00 a.m.

Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in operation

Atlas Elektronik GmbH, Tommy Kaltofen, Vice President Sales Unmaned Systems

10:45 a.m.

Advanced methods for geophysical and geotechnical soil investigation for the offshore wind industry

Dr. Benedict Preu, Head of Department Sub-surface Investigations, Fraunhofer IWES

11:30 a.m.

From research to reality – An overview of the marine survey and inspection challenges faced by offshore wind in the North Sea and how technology is evolving from research to reality to address these

ORE Catapult, Tony Fong, Operational Performance Engineering Manager

Block II: O&M concept optimisation

1:00 p.m.

Leveraging the value of autonomous & remote systems for Offshore Wind O&M – The EDF Experience,

Tariq Dawood, Lead Engineer / R&D Expert, EDF Renewables

1:45 p.m.

The use of AI/Machine Learning techniques in powertrain condition monitoring solutions

Hyunjoo Lee, Knowledge Area Leader, Drivetrains and Chunjiang Jia, Senior Research Engineer, Power Conversion – ORE Catapult

2:30 p.m.

Simulation of logistics concepts for O&M of offshore wind farms

Jonas Kaczenski , Research associate Fraunhofer IWES

3:15 End

At the end of each presentation you will have the opportunity to ask questions to the speaker using the chat function.

Please note that this session will be recorded.



08/07/2020 - 9:00 am


08/07/2020 - 3:15 pm


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