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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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 unmanned marine systems specialists ASV Global, and a consortium of industry partners including Ørsted and BAE Systems, the Catapult is part of the Windfarm Autonomous Ship Project (WASP): 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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