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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Buoyant Works

Increasing technician safety and extending turbine landing pile life.

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Increasing Safety, Reducing Costs

Cornwall-based Buoyant Works is redesigning the accessibility of offshore wind turbines with the launch of WindShield.

A separate sheaf designed to fit around the wind turbine landing piles, WindShield’s high-grip outer surface and impact absorbing structure enables the safe movement of engineers from crew transfer vessels in often hazardous working conditions that are subject to both wave and wind action.

As well as increasing crew safety, once installed WindShield can extend the life of turbine landing piles by reducing impact loads through a compressible internal structure. WindShield can also extend the operational window of vessels thanks to increased grip and a more stable connection increasing the number of potential access days.

The sheaf also acts as protection against common wear, corrosion and impact damage on the landing piles, significantly reducing maintenance requirements and associated costs for wind farm managers.

Currently in the prototype testing phase, ORE Catapult – through Marine-i – is providing support in development planning, product development and marketing of WindShield, and will facilitate industry trials prior to market launch in March 2019.

 


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