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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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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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Engineering Technology Applications (ETA)

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With increased activity in offshore wind, a greater diversity in products, services and innovation continues to be accelerated to market – particularly in emerging sectors such as floating wind. As projects are developed, there will be a growing need to seamlessly connect complex subsea cable systems to one another, allowing quick coupling of floating turbine generator systems to the power transmission network.

As a result, Hampshire-based subsea cable specialists, Engineering Technology Applications (ETA), designed the Drymate Connector – an innovative subsea power connector that joins different cable designs to one another. The versatile system means different power rated cables can be quickly coupled using one system, whilst protecting the cable joint from exposure to seawater.

To further develop the Drymate Connector for the offshore wind market, ETA turned to ORE Catapult’s test and validation specialists and industry-leading high voltage facilities in Blyth. Tests were connected on a 60kV connector using two power cables, both 66kV rating, to qualify the connector for operation in the field.

Having tested with ORE Catapult, ETA is providing the market with a product that supports faster cable technology deployment offshore; reducing operational costs and increasing the reliability of cable transmission in offshore wind.

 


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