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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Blade Leading Edge Erosion Programme (BLEEP)

Reducing the impact of blade leading edge erosion on the performance of offshore wind turbines.

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BLEEP is a major new collaborative project between ORE Catapult, wind farm owner/operators, wind turbine manufacturers, and academics at world-leading research institutes.

The programme will seek to quantify the magnitude of leading edge erosion (LEE) across the sector by investigating its effect on wind turbine blade efficiency and structural integrity. In addition, by investigating the fundamental physics underpinning LEE failure by experimental and computational methods, ORE Catapult intends to apply that knowledge to:

  • Improve and de-risk techniques for LEE protection
  • Improve and de-risk techniques for LEE repair
  • Develop an independent UK-based facility for erosion testing to assess the performance of current solutions (materials, coatings, etc) and standardise the evaluation of new erosion protection and repair technologies.

The programme steering committee will promote collaboration and “joined-up-thinking” to ensure the programme objectives are representative of industry needs. Organisations from across the stakeholder community have been asked to nominate representatives to participate in the committee.


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