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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Introduction

As offshore renewables become competitive with other sources of electricity, their growth may be limited by the challenge of balancing power flows on electricity networks.

We are partnering with Energy Systems Catapult, academics, utility companies and others to explore the ways that energy systems can become more flexible and so use more offshore renewables.

 

Activity

Future ‘smart’ energy systems will integrate energy flows between the electricity and gas networks, and transport fuel supply chains, featuring new and improved technologies for understanding systems-level behaviour,  energy storage (e.g. large lithium-ion batteries), automation of distribution networks, use of hydrogen, and peer-to-peer energy trading, among others.

We are mapping the opportunities for innovative businesses in these areas and working with our partners and government to establish real-world demonstrators to accelerate the adoption of smart energy systems.

We are keen to hear from SMEs and academics with relevant technologies and expertise who can enhance our efforts or benefit from the ‘exploitation runway’ we intend to establish by linking technology de-risking capabilities of universities and catapults with real-world demonstrations of smart, integrated energy systems.

 

Projects

We have mapped out the requirements for a smart energy systems demonstrator, using the community around our Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Fife as an example.

Our studies to date have covered electricity distribution system mapping, cyber-security requirements, distribution-level storage options at multiple timescales, hydrogen network opportunities, distributed heat storage, local grid support services from renewables assets, and fuel poverty alleviation.

 


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