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Research Hubs

Our Research Hubs form part of our Academic Engagement Plan, designed to align ORE Catapult and UK academic expertise to support the needs of the offshore renewables industry.

The Hubs bring a more robust, complementary offering of academic research, innovation, demonstration and representative testing to the offshore renewables sector. Pooling skills and resources provide a critical mass to leverage further funding, e.g. competitive R&D revenue (from competitive funding programmes) and existing University research programmes, into the Research Hubs.

At ORE Catapult, the research team is divided into Knowledge Areas that focus on specific areas of research activity, with the Research Hubs aligned with one or more Knowledge Areas.

Three RHs are operating

  • The Wind Blades Research Hub (WBRH), established in 2017, is aligned to the Blades Knowledge Area team.
  • The Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub (EIRH), established in 2018, is aligned with the Electrical Infrastructure team.
  • The Powertrain Research Hub (PRH), established in 2019, is aligned with the powertrain knowledge area.

The Research Hubs will not operate from a fixed location; instead, the researchers will take advantage of the facilities available from both the University and the ORE Catapult premises depending on the specific requirements of the projects undertaken.

Ongoing Research Hub Projects

Wind Blade Research Hub Project Synopses

Variable kinematics continuum finite element for modelling wind turbine blade

University: Bristol

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Lifetime prediction of leading edge protection systems

University: Bristol

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Novel Aeroelsatic Tailoring Methods Via Multi-Disciplinary Optimisation

University: Bristol

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Measurement and understanding of viscoelastic wind blade erosion coatings

University: Bristol

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Testing of large offshore wind turbine blades

University: Bristol

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Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub Project Synopses

Optimising offshore wind farm collector networks

University: Strathclyde

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Power converter controlled as a Synchronous machine with Fault ride through capability

University: Strathclyde

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Reliability Evaluation of Offshore Wind Power Systems

University: Manchester

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Electrical treeing and tracking in polymeric interfaces in cable joints in DC networks

University: Manchester

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Regulatory challenges for delivering the offshore electrical networks of the future

University: Strathclyde

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Evaluation of co-located wind and battery storage projects in the light of a battery sizing algorithm for maximum return of investment

University: Strathclyde

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Coordination of offshore wind farms and virtual storage plants for the provision of ancillary services

University: Manchester

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Powertrain Research Hub Project Synopses

Robust modular machines for offshore wind applications

University: Sheffield

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Damage and failure in wind turbine pitch bearings

University: Sheffield

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Rolling Bearing Sensor System Development

University: Sheffield

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