Innovation Challenges

We have identified a number of specific technology innovation challenges within the offshore renewable energy industry, the resolution of which will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, and have a positive impact on the UK economy.

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Testing Services

As offshore wind develops into deeper, harsher environments, lifetime product performance of critical electrical infrastructure is vital to maintaining cost-effective levels of power efficiency to the grid. ORE Catapult specialises in providing extensive test programmes across a wide variety of complex electrical transmission and distribution infrastructure, operated from UKAS-accredited laboratories.

We work with clients on component development, materials selection, system certification, electrical grid integration and accelerated lifetime test programme delivery, improving reliability and ensuring complex multiple arrays and generation sources operate at optimum efficiency.

  • Type certification of HV cable systems, switchgear and other HV insulation systems
  • HV insulation breakdown testing up to 6OOkV AC, 1MV DC
  • Product development, testing and certification support
  • HV bushing and transformer performance testing
  • Accelerated ageing testing
  • Polymeric materials testing
  • Environmental assessment and testing
  • Temperature and process data telemetry
  • Fault finding, failure investigation and diagnostics
  • Static and fatigue mechanical testing

 

Testing Facilities

UKAS accredited laboratories

Accredited facilities for the testing of power cable systems, capable of providing type testing services for underground and submarine cable systems.

 

7MW demonstration turbine

A live turbine enabling analysis and furthering understanding of electrical infrastructure as part of overall turbine performance.

 

ORE Catapult’s considerable expertise in materials analysis and HV testing has been a crucial factor in bringing 66kV technology to the market and will help ensure that offshore wind technology continues to develop in the drive to reduce lifetime costs.

Jeremy Featherstone
Product Development Director, JDR Cable Systems

Value-add Services

UKAS accredited testing

ORE Catapult’s HV electrical laboratories are the UK’s only accredited facilities for the testing of power cable systems, capable of providing type testing services for underground and submarine cable systems.

 

Bespoke design and management of test programmes

ORE Catapult provides clients with new and bespoke test programmes, as well as guidance on test processes and requirements. We can design bespoke tests to support client requirements to better understand and optimise their products.

 

Materials analysis and validation

ORE Catapult can provide an extensive service in materials analysis and validation. Clients are able to undertake analysis as part of the HV electrical testing programmes, immediately after testing, without causing delay or damage to test samples.

 


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