Optimising lifetime performance to de-risk operation, reduce maintenance costs and improve revenue of the world’s most advanced powertrain systems.
ORE Catapult is at the forefront of powertrain testing, validation, innovation and research. Our experienced powertrain specialists, engineering and project management teams work with clients to enhance and validate their advanced and complex wind and tidal turbine powertrain systems. We carry out:
Testing at ORE Catapult is an important step in our engineering process and the data collected will play a critical role in future design considerations. We plan to continue to invest in both onshore and offshore testing.
CEO Atlantis Resources Ltd
Powertrain testing facility for offshore wind turbine systems, with 6 degrees of freedom Non-Torque Loading (NTL).
Horizontal axes powertrain testing facility for tidal turbine systems, with 6 degrees of freedom Non-Torque Loading (NTL).
Sub-megawatt powertrain and component testing facility for small-scale turbine powertrain systems.
A live, operating powertrain providing real-time performance data and analysis to inform testing and validation.
Our Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) loading is the process of imparting highly representative conditions on a whole nacelle within a controlled test environment, exposing it to the extreme forces experienced offshore. We:
Our 18MVA grid emulation system, ‘eGrid’, is one of the most advanced in the world, allowing clients to simultaneously test the mechanical and the electrical systems of the powertrain, significantly reducing time to market. We:
With 840 GPS–synchronised channels available, our data acquisition and analysis service enables us to measure every aspect of a powertrain’s performance, while securely and independently managing client measurement data. We:
Using our 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine, we emulate powertrain test conditions with real-time, in-field operating conditions, assisting clients in building accelerated test load profiles from field operational loading conditions. We:
Our materials specialists and fully equipped in-house laboratories allow clients to better understand turbine behaviour, failure modes and root cause, as well as perform post-test tear down inspections. We offer: