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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GE Renewable Energy Testing, Research & Development Programme

Developing next-generation turbines

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Introduction

The UK is at the forefront of the latest technological innovations in offshore wind in the field of robotics, autonomous systems, new materials and manufacturing, and data and digitalisation. This, along with ORE Catapult’s unique combination of world-leading test facilities, was key in attracting GE Renewable Energy to the UK and selecting ORE Catapult to be its partner in accelerating to market the largest wind turbine and longest blade in the world through an advanced, representative testing and validation programme.

 

Capability development

The Catapult has continued to develop its capability for the representative testing of 10MW-plus platforms with the installation of the world’s most powerful grid emulation system and hardware in the loop system testing, giving the Catapult one of the most sophisticated powertrain testing platforms in the world: the perfect platform for bringing future energy systems to commercialisation. Our agreement with GE was further strengthened with the announcement of the four-year Stay Ashore! research and development programme. The £9m plan will aim to improve reliability, reduce unplanned maintenance and lower operating costs for next-generation turbines, while minimising human intervention, offering the UK supply chain an unparalleled opportunity to development new products and services to support these next-generation technologies.

 

 


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