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Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine | ORE Catapult | SME Technology Testing & Validation

The Catapult’s Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine is unique among offshore wind testing facilities. Situated metres off the coast of Methil, Fife, the towering 7MW machine is the world’s most advanced, open-access offshore wind turbine dedicated to research.

For smaller companies and major players alike, opportunities to demonstrate novel offshore wind technologies are rare. Connected to shore by a short ramp, the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine allows developers to demonstrate new systems and methods – without the associated time and costs of conducting tests at a working offshore wind farm.

An integral part of our Testing and Validation facilities, the turbine attracts SMEs and established firms to Fife to aid the commercialisation of innovative operations and maintenance technologies. It is also a key asset in our core research and development programme, and the hub of our work on future smart energy systems and battery storage.

 

Technology Demonstration and Projects

Offshore Wind UAV

Demonstrating at Levenmouth has helped a number of UK companies gain a deeper understanding of the offshore wind working environment and offered a stepping stone to full commercial offshore deployment.

The Scottish Government-supported CLOWT and SMART programmes engaged almost 100 UK SMEs and gave the most promising an invaluable opportunity to demonstrate their technology on the state-of-the-art turbine. Among the companies involved are Livingston firm Sensor-Works and Sheffield-based Tribosonics: developers of innovative vibration sensors and novel ultrasonic technologies, respectively.

Edinburgh-based Limpet Technology demonstrated its intelligent personnel transfer system on the turbine, before opening a new workshop nearby. And under the £830k, Innovate UK-backed BASE project, Span Access Solutions will demonstrate an adaptable blade access system that could save European offshore wind owner/operators over £1 billion.

We welcome enquiries from companies interested in demonstration in this unique, full-scale environment. Our Innovation Challenges highlight the most pressing industry issues in need of fixes, and the Catapult can complement any demonstration opportunity with technical support, commercial validation, and business case support­.

 

Lidar Validation

Our onshore met mast at Levenmouth enables the testing, calibration and validation of onshore lidar systems. With access to high-quality wind resources and environmental data, developers and manufacturers can compare and validate new remote sensing techniques against traditional methods. Contact our Data and Digital team to find out more.

 

STEM, Skills and Local Benefit

ORE Catapult Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine Offshore Wind Skills Development

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Since acquiring the turbine in 2015 the Catapult has worked in close partnership with Levenmouth Academy, funding a STEM ambassador in the school and supporting a range of activities to increase opportunities for its pupils and promote positive destinations in further and higher education or employment. In addition, we work with local partners including Fife Council, Fife College, Skills Development Scotland and the Energy Skills Partnership to develop and deliver educational and training programmes that will both support local young adults to move on to further and higher education and develop a unique curriculum to ensure local training programmes deliver employment-focused, in-demand skills to local people.

 

Award of the Section 36 Consent Variation

On Thursday 30 August 2018, ORE Catapult was awarded a Section 36 consent variation by the Scottish Government to operate the Levenmouth turbine until 2029. To request a copy of the Decision Notice, Marine Licence or Section 36 Variation Consent, please Contact Us.

 

Having the turbine available as a site that we can access easily, compared to a genuine offshore site, is enormously valuable... it is of huge significance in terms of reducing the cost and time of bringing new systems to market.

Philip Taylor
Business Development Manager, Limpet Technology

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