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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AUV3D

Developing pioneering automated inspection methods for offshore substructures.

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Subsea inspections are a necessary part of maintaining an offshore wind farm. But current methods are both time-consuming and expensive, necessitating careful analysis of thousands of hours of video and making autonomous solutions a priority for innovators in the sector.

Together with its pioneering 3D visualisation technology, Bristol-based SME Rovco’s cutting-edge subsea robotic systems provide offshore wind owner/operators with a clearer picture of their assets.

Support from ORE Catapult helped Rovco secure Innovate UK and private investment funding to develop its one-of-a-kind artificial intelligence-driven software, which could lower inspection costs by 80%. The system is now moving to full testing and validation at the Catapult’s National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, where our role involves providing access to our docks for integration tests and trials, advising on test planning, providing suitable structures for scanning, and assessing whether the output imagery is suitable for industry use.

Rovco has tripled in size in the past two years, and with an estimated export revenue of £20m per year, their robotics expertise has put the firm in line to become the market leader in subsea surveying, creating further jobs and UK benefit.

 


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