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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Remote Supervisory Systems

Investigating onshore supervision for technicians on offshore wind assets.

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The Project

As offshore wind farms increase in number and move further offshore, the demand for skilled technicians has become higher, creating a recruitment gap.

The Remote Supervisory Systems project is aimed at investigating how skilled technicians in onshore locations could provide remote supervision to other technicians working on offshore wind turbines. This approach creates an efficient system where skilled technicians can supervise work offshore more efficiently, cutting out travel time to and from wind farms and freeing up their time to focus solely on work.

However, in order to achieve remote supervision, there is need for hi-fidelity and reliable communications system. This project is aimed at identifying the communications systems required to achieve remote supervision and then demonstrating the systems, or their composite technologies, at the 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Fife.

 

Demonstration and Support Opportunities

Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine | ORE Catapult | SME Technology Testing & Validation

The Catapult is opening up the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine to developers of novel remote supervision systems so that they can prove, demonstrate and commercialise their technology.

Minimising the costs, health and safety risks and turbine downtime associated with offshore wind O&M is a major industry priority. Remote supervision has been identified as one of the key innovations that can reduce risk and cut costs by allowing technicians to communicate in real-time with supervisors or equipment providers on land. These technologies exist in other industries, but need to be demonstrated in an offshore wind environment before being rolled out commercially.

Our Innovation Challenge page has more details on how to get involved: click below for more details and to submit your application.

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