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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Simulation to enable Asset Life Extension of wind turbines (SALE)

Cutting costs by improving the control strategies of offshore wind turbines

Octue will use the Levenmouth 7MW offshore wind demonstration turbine to validate software designed to improve the control strategies of offshore wind turbines. Improved turbine control, adopted farm-wide, could see as much as a 2.4% reduction in the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of offshore wind.

Octue’s TurbineGRID simulation software enables wind farm owner/operators to better predict how turbines respond to atmospheric turbulence, stability and wake interaction at both individual and farm level.

The project, Simulation to enable Asset Life Extension of wind turbines (SALE), funded by Innovate UK, will use production and load sensor data from the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine, combined with wind conditions measured through a met mast and Lidar located at the site. These will then be compared with the numerical model of the wind conditions and turbine response of the TurbineGRID software to validate the tool.

The Levenmouth turbine load data will come from sensor instrumentation that is to be installed on the turbine’s blades, tower and substructure to monitor its behaviour in real-world conditions.

As part of this project, there is also an opportunity for other turbine owner/operators to share array production data in return for the confidential reporting of turbulence characteristics and turbine response using the TurbineGRID software. For further information on this, or to be kept informed of project progress, please contact Nicola Pearson at Octue.

 


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