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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Electrical Cable Failure Trending & Reliability Analysis for Operational Developments

Subsea power cable failure is an issue that affects both export cables for offshore transmission owners and inter-array cables for wind farm operators. Gaps in knowledge between individual stakeholders and, as a result, publicly available information of these cable failures, remains scarce, leading to a ‘known-unknown’ in the industry – there is a known issue, but a solution has yet to be implemented.


The Solution

ORE Catapult’s Electrical cable failure trending & reliability analysis for operational developments (ELECTRODE) project is joining every point on the cable highway to bridge the gaps in knowledge between cable stakeholders, provide regular up-to-date industry-backed evidence, and reduce the volume of cable failures through reducing uncertainty and encouraging innovation to tackle key reliability challenges.

ORE Catapult is uniquely placed to convene this group of stakeholders, stretching from those at the point of design through to the technology innovators we support in finding solutions to the industry’s most urgent challenges.

ELECTRODE’s benefits include:

  • Building a cross-industry collaboration to solve common cable system-related issues
  • Improving strategic operations and maintenance planning and decision-making
  • Enabling informed discussions and feedback to the supply chain
  • Anonymity and security for all owner/operators who submit data

This idea of anonymity and security of commercial data is one of the core principles of ELECTRODE, following an approach exemplified by ORE Catapult’s successful and long-running SPARTA benchmarking system. SPARTA is entrusted with data across 88 operational areas for 98% of the UK’s installed offshore wind capacity – and continues to expand its reach into Europe and beyond.

Disseminating lessons learned across the life cycle of an asset will lead to innovative solutions and, ultimately, industry growth. Industry-wide collaboration and the sharing of data can provide operators with the knowledge they need to set ambitious innovation pathways and identify the technologies that will improve early detection and preventative maintenance. Insurers, meanwhile, will have the evidence they need for accurately assessing subsea cable risks and setting their requirements for industry standards that will drive down premiums.


ELECTRODE Project Update Report

Through stakeholder engagement numerous key areas of interest were identified and communicated to the sector in the form of a questionnaire. These questionnaires were issued to stakeholders from various speciality areas across the cable sector to provide feedback on the key areas of interest. This summary includes the main responses and will serve as a basis for scoping the fundamentals of the ELECTRODE platform.

Download the ELECTRODE Project Update Report Here



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