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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Innovation Challenges

Solving these technology innovation challenges will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. If your technology has the answer, get in touch via our contact form on the Innovation Challenges page.

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iFROG

Applying an innovative robotic solution to one of offshore wind's most pressing challenges

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Relentless Power

Exposed to the full force of the ocean’s relentless power every day, offshore wind turbine foundations require close inspection and extensive maintenance to remain in good condition over their operational lifespan. Current techniques, though, make up around 65% of total O&M costs – and over 50% of that consists of hazardous visual inspections and non-destructive testing by divers.

 

iFROG

InnoTec UK, an SME based in Cambridge, is developing iFROG, an amphibious, multi-purpose climbing robot for inspecting welds and repairing foundations both above and below the water line. The technology’s eponymous two-year research programme will seek to apply a robotic solution to what is an extremely challenging issue for the sector: the internal and external corrosion of monopiles and unexpected buildup of HS2 gas in the structures’ confined internal areas.

The technology has the potential to redefine the possibilities for foundation inspection and monitoring, which in turn could enable improved methodologies for assessing structural integrity and even offer innovative repair solutions.

As well as taking technicians out of dangerous environments and making huge strides in the field of robotics, iFROG could save wind farm operators around £4m per turbine over a wind farm’s lifecycle.

 


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