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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Live Innovation Opportunities

There are a number of programmes laying out the key technology innovation challenges faced by the offshore renewables industry that, when solved, will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. Visit our Live Innovation Opportunities page to find out if your technology has the answer.

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Our Collaborations

Powertrain Research Hub

Future technologies for larger turbines

ORE Catapult's 15MW Powertrain Test Facility at the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth.

Our third Research Hub will focus on the development of next-generation offshore wind powertrains, optimising their operation, reliability and performance.

With the University of Sheffield onboard as the Hub’s academic partner, the Powertrain Research Hub will support the development of future technologies for larger turbines. The Hub’s key objectives are:

  • Reliability improvement and advanced test methodologies
  • Advanced health condition monitoring and prognostic technologies
  • Development of next-generation powertrain components for larger turbines.

The University is world-renowned for its expertise in electrical machines, power electronics, controls and energy conversion and storage, and will contribute a minimum of £1.7m over five years. This complements £700k funding from the Catapult, with the collective contributions supporting 12 PhDs, a number of Postdoctoral Research Associates, and access to a comprehensive range of world-leading powertrain testing facilities.

The Catapult already has a strong track record in powertrain testing, research and development and recently signed a five-year collaboration agreement with GE Renewable Energy to advance next generation turbine technologies including the 12MW Haliade-X, the world’s most powerful wind turbine.

 

 

 

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