In 2019, ORE Catapult joined forces with renewable energy giant Vattenfall as part of a three-year agreement to strengthen the UK supply chain and underpin a competitive offshore wind industry.
The £1.5 million jointly-funded alliance gives innovators in the offshore wind supply chain the opportunity to test and demonstrate technologies in real-world conditions at Vattenfall’s pioneering £300 million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), off the coast of Aberdeen.
The programme looks to address some of the current challenges facing offshore windfarm operations and maintenance, such as blade repair and leading-edge erosion, robotics and autonomous systems and remote array cable monitoring and inspection.
The 96.8MW EOWDC is an offshore wind test and demonstration facility, home to 11 of the world’s most powerful and innovative wind turbines, mounted on novel “suction-bucket” jacket foundations. Annually, it offsets on average 134,000 tonnes of CO2 every year and meets the power needs of 80,000 UK households, 70% of the City of Aberdeen. Situated approximately 3 km from the shore, the windfarm was fully commissioned in September 2018.
Aberdeen-based JF AIS, as part of James Fisher and Sons PLC, brings its powerful digital twin solution named R2S to the offshore wind industry. The product produces virtual walk-throughs of offshore assets embedded with data, enabling personnel to visit sites remotely and easily access technical and operational data – saving time and cost, improving safety, and enhancing collaboration.
Having completed a research project with ORE Catapult to trial its digital twin solution by virtually mapping our Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine, JF AIS has provided its next-generation technology to the EOWDC. It’s helping Vattenfall understand how visualisation can optimise asset management and project lifecycles. Learn more >
To address the ‘elephant in the room’ problem of a lack of toilet facilities offshore, Pegasus Welfare Solutions (PWS) has constructed the world’s first in-turbine toilet.
With the unit’s design finalised last year in collaboration with ORE Catapult, each of the eleven turbines at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) will be fitted with the toilet cubicle, which represents PWS’ first entire wind farm order. The toilets will save time for workers at Vattenfall’s Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, while boosting hygiene, welfare and efficiency standards. Construction of the toilets is now complete, and they are set to be installed on every turbine this year.