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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Marine Growth Mapping and Monitoring

Evaluating marine growth and biofouling effects across the offshore renewable energy industry.

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The project

With our partners SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL)PML Applications Ltd and AkzoNobel, we are seeking to evaluate marine growth and biofouling effects across the offshore renewable energy industry. The team has undertaken a feasibility study that will identify areas of particular concern and knowledge gaps that determine the need for a predictive biofouling tool and sensor.

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The feasibility study encompasses a detailed review and analysis of industry guidance, published literature and datasets to assess the feasibility of developing a predictive biofouling map for the UK.

Download the Feasibility of Predictive Mapping of Marine Growth report 

Once a deep understanding of the biofouling communities and marine growth landscape in UK waters has been achieved, the team will identify potential technologies to take forward for development into a biofouling sensor. The outputs of the investigation will be tested with industry stakeholders at a workshop. From these, recommendations for a framework to develop a predictive tool and the development, demonstration and commercialisation of real-time growth sensor technology will be made.


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