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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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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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Introduction

Our work in our area focuses on:

  • multivariable wind farm design tools
  • wind farm loads and performance assessment
  • operational lifetime cost modelling.

Our programme is designed to ensure knowledge from the operation of current wind farms is developed, captured and disseminated to improve designs of future wind farms, leading to lower OPEX, higher energy production and lower LCOE.

We aim to use our expertise, demonstration assets and stakeholder relationships to generate a new level of understanding on the offshore wind resource and its impact on wind farm loads, reliability and performance.

We are developing a comprehensive cost model for the lifetime operation of wind farms to determine the impact of changes to design and operations on operational expenditure (OPEX) and energy production. This knowledge can feed the development of multivariable wind farm design tools which optimise design for Capital Expenditure (CAPEX), OPEX and energy production. Successful delivery of the programme objectives has the potential to reduce LCOE by 1.4%.

 

Our activity and projects

We are developing a Lidar test and validation facility at our Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine. This will support development and demonstration of lidar for the characterisation of the wind resource and its impact on turbine performance and loading.

The CLOWT project is instrumenting the Levenmouth turbine with a suite of sensors for loads, power and wind resource assessment. Combined, these projects will generate new knowledge on the response of large offshore wind turbines to offshore wind flow regimes. Industry, SMEs and academia can benefit from the data and knowledge generated through these projects to improve wind turbine and wind farm design codes.

Our operational lifetime cost model can assist SMEs to validate the cost benefits of their novel and on occasion, disruptive technologies, and can help Operators to assess the impact on LCOE of changes in design and operation strategies.

 


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