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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Windfarm Autonomous Ship Project (WASP)

Studying the utility of autonomous surface vessels in offshore wind.

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The Project

Around 96% of marine casualties stem from human error.

Alongside L3 Harris, Houlder, SeaRoc and the University of Portsmouth, the Catapult is part of the Windfarm Autonomous Ship Project (WASP), funded by Innovate UK. This is an 18-month feasibility study to consider the utility of  autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) in offshore wind farms.

The project will benchmark challenges for ASVs in arrays, characterise ASV performance potential and create a sector route map for ASV integration into manned vessel operations, with the potential to make a step-change reduction in levelised cost of energy (LCoE) over manned vessels, and significant increases in safety and performance.

 


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