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Remote Supervision Systems: Demonstration and Support Opportunities

Issue

Offshore wind farm operations are largely dependent on the use of technicians, vessels and equipment to monitor, inspect and maintain the major assets and components. Minimising the costs, health and safety risks and turbine downtime associated with operations and maintenance (O&M) tasks is a major industry priority.

Remote supervision has been identified as one of the innovations required to address health and safety concerns and reduce the cost of offshore wind O&M activities.

Remote supervision is a process where a technician can communicate in real-time with a supervisor or equipment provider to get direction or supervision for a maintenance operation or to check with an equipment provider that the equipment is working as expected. The Catapult’s 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine is used to support the research and development of new products and services in the offshore wind industry. The turbine can be used to support the demonstration of new technologies in remote supervision.

Challenge

The challenge is developing new technologies that would allow the transmission of video, audio and data in real-time from an offshore wind turbine to an onshore location. Some of these technologies already exist in other industries but need to be demonstrated in an offshore wind environment that requires equipment to be rugged, durable, and able to be used in confined spaces as well as at potentially long distances from the operations base.

ORE Catapult is making the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine available to support the demonstration or validation of any technology or system that supports remote supervision, including:

  • Video technology
  • Camera technology
  • Audio technology
  • Software systems
  • Augmented reality systems.


O&M costs can account for up to 25% of the levelised cost of energy from an offshore wind farm.

Opportunities

ORE Catapult will cover the cost of the demonstration but expects the technology developer to free-issue their technology which will be recovered and handed back to them at the end of the demonstration. The beneficiary company will also be responsible for their staff cost during the demonstration.

Who Should Apply?

The support is available to all companies who have a technology or system that can be applied to offshore wind to support remote supervision. A presence in the UK is desirable.

Outcome

The outcome is a confidential report showing the performance of the technology or system during the demonstration.

Timeline

The Expression of interest deadline is Thursday 31 January 2019.

Do you have a remote supervision solution?

Demonstrate your remote supervision technology on a real-world operational offshore wind turbine.

Apply now

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