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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RAB Microfluidics

Combining hardware and intelligent algorithms to improve maintenance strategies.

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Continuous, real-time oil analysis

With its “lab-on-a-chip” technology, RAB Microfluidics’ sophisticated sensor delivers oil analysis continuously and in real-time: a method 1000x faster than the current approach, which involves sending samples to a laboratory.

The Aberdeen-based firm has developed a cutting-edge microfluidic system that combines hardware technology with machine learning algorithms to intelligently predict failures, allowing forward-thinking maintenance solutions to be developed.

In terms of operations and maintenance costs, the technology could be game-changing. Contaminated oil can result in turbines suffering major gearbox failure. The costs and safety risks associated with major repairs are significant, and a time of less than six months between fault identification and repair can be viewed as highly efficient.

We helped the Aberdeen-based firm win Innovate UK funding to set up a project that will validate and demonstrate their oil condition monitoring system, which if applied to offshore wind could slash maintenance costs and technician inspection times. Also involved in the project is Wideblue, the Glasgow-based optics specialists who collaborated with the Catapult on the Blade Optical Health Monitoring (BOHEM) project.

 


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