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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Testing Services

With the entire structure of offshore wind turbines being adapted to suit deeper waters and, in particular, significant advancements in floating wind, both the foundations and associated technologies, monitoring and data analysis must also adapt to suit the transition requirements from above sea level to below.

ORE Catapult provides a range of testing and validation services for entire structures and foundations, with access to major assets deployed offshore, as well as components associated with the base of turbines, such as cable systems, ROVs and anti-corrosion innovations. 

  • Condition monitoring
  • Controlled dry or wet testing of subsea systems and technologies
  • Prototype subsea system deployment
  • Subsea survey/inspection equipment
  • Foundation testing, including piling, noise mitigation and anchoring
  • Hydrodynamic stability analysis and testing

 

Testing Facilities

Subsea docks

Three subsea docks for both wet and dry conditions, including a replica seabed, for controlled subsea testing

 

Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine

The 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine is the world’s most advanced, open access, offshore wind turbine dedicated to research, and offers complementary opportunities for training and development of skills vital for the future of the offshore wind industry.

 

Offshore anemometry platform

NOAH enables clients to test, calibrate and validate remotes sensor technologies in a representative Round 3 environment.

 

The test results provided a greater understanding of potential installation issues that our customers might face... we also gained valuable insights into the dynamics of the system that will help further refine and optimise our designs to accelerate performance for our customers’ critical applications.

John Deasey
Renewables Sales Manager at Trelleborg Offshore

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