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 laying out the key technology innovation challenges faced by the offshore renewables industry that, when solved, 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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TLP Wind

Driving the development of floating wind platforms tailor-made for UK waters

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The project

ORE Catapult and the University of Strathclyde partnered Iberdrola Engineering & Construction in this project, focused on developing 5MW Tension Leg Platforms (TLP) floating technology for offshore wind turbines tailored for UK waters.

The Aberdeen coast was selected as one of the most suitable sites for TLPWIND® deployment, with an average water depth of 80m, and used as the reference location for the project. Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) calculations were carried out for representative sites as well as an extensive basin test campaign using scale models.

 

The outcome

TLPWIND® technology was successfully proven, able to adapt to variable site conditions and demonstrating exceptional dynamic behaviour with very low displacements and almost no rotations. Its lightweight and simple geometry lends itself to standardised manufacturing processes and extremely competitive LCoE levels.

Introducing TLPWIND UK

 


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