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Offshore Wind Hackathon

A unique industry challenge for digital innovators.

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Our First-Ever Collaborative Hackathon

Entries for the Hackathon are now CLOSED as we’ve reached capacity, and we have a large standby list! Good luck to everyone taking part. 

ORE Catapult Offshore Wind Hackathon

The Catapult is partnering with ScottishPower Renewables, National Grid ESO and the Energy Technology Partnership to host our first-ever hackathon, taking place 28-29 October at the Glasgow Science Centre.

With a £10,000 prize pot available, the two-day hackathon centres around an industrial data-led challenge set by ScottishPower Renewables, with the aim of developing a prototype solution for use in wind farm operations.

The National Grid ESO will join the hackathon’s judging panel, alongside the Catapult and ScottishPower Renewables.

UK-based small businesses, academics, students, consultancies and specialists from data-led sectors are all invited to participate. Teams of up to six people will be eligible to win a share of the prize pot, and the successful squads will have the opportunity to pitch their solutions to senior managers from ScottishPower Renewables.



The Challenge

The problem statement for the 36-hour hackathon is: “Provide an accurate wind farm Power Available (PA) measurement using data that is already available at operational wind farms”.

PA is the electrical power that can be provided by a wind farm at any given instant, and is influenced by both the wind resource in that moment and the status of the assets, including any on-site curtailment.

“We are very excited about this event and are very much look forward to seeing what innovative prototypes the participants will bring forward for ScottishPower’s consideration,” says Conaill Soraghan, the Catapult’s Data & Digital team leader. “The National Grid ESO has ambitions to gather a PA signal from all operational wind farms on the grid to improve efficiency and reduce the costs of running the entire national power system. However, current measures of PA are not accurate enough to be used in operations, and we hope that the hackathon will provide a reliable business case to offer ongoing support on this topic after the competition.”


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Entries for the Hackathon are now CLOSED as we’ve reached capacity! Good luck to all participants. 


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