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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XL Blade

Reducing the overall cost of offshore wind by designing, validating and deploying the world’s largest offshore wind turbine blade

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XL Blade

The overarching objective of the XL Blade project is to reduce the overall cost of offshore wind by designing, validating and deploying the world’s largest offshore wind turbine blade. The project combines the technological leadership of three offshore wind industry leaders – Adwen, LM Wind Power and ORE Catapult – across three participating countries. At 88 metres long, the blade will achieve a significant reduction in the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) by means of lighter construction and a more predictable operational expenditure (OPEX) through reliability-driven design. ORE Catapult will test the blade in our world-leading 100m facility, as well as continuing our work on the issue of blade leading edge erosion.

 


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