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Four companies selected under ORE Catapult’s innovation challenge to develop new bird tagging solutions are now in talks with UK offshore wind developers to further refine their products.
Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has announced it will open a tender in January 2018 seeking a company to set up a wind turbine bearing test facility at its Blyth site in the UK.
ORE Catapult marked its 2016/17 financial year with over 500 collaborations with industry and academia, a 10% increase from the previous year, including support to 134 small and medium-sized companies and participation in 35 international projects.
Great Yarmouth-based ATAM Group has tested its robotic crawler, developed for the inspection of wind turbine blades, on the full-size turbine training tower and along test blades at ORE Catapult’s facilities in Northumberland, which is offered as part of a GBP 50,000 grant awarded to ATAM from the GBP 6 million SCORE Innovation fund.
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has upgraded its lightning impulse (LI) test capabilities to help offshore wind operators reduce export cable failure rates.
RES has signed an operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s offshore met mast situated approximately three nautical miles off Blyth.
ORE Catapult is looking to procure a Power Analyser System to be used in the 15MW wind turbine and 3MW marine drivetrain test facilities in Blyth, which will link into the Grid Emulation System (eGrid) to allow the measurement of current and voltage usage from the eGrid system.
Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult gathered offshore wind farm developers, turbine blade manufacturers and researchers in Blyth this week to address key challenges in the test and certification process for offshore wind turbine blades.
Work has begun on a GBP 600,000 refurbishment programme at Blyth’s historic docks, with the removal of a 70-tonne dry-dock gate, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult said.
The offshore wind turbines that DONG Energy has challenged the industry to deliver by 2024 could hit the market in the next 5 years, according to Tony Quinn, Operations/ Testing & Validation Director at Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, for which Quinn said is ideally positioned to test the next generation machines since it has the world’s biggest nacelle testing equipment.
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has announced a GBP 920,000 programme to advance offshore wind research in Scotland, based around its Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine.
Two out of the five gravity-based foundations (GBFs) for the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator project have been fitted with a sensor system designed by ORE Catapult, with the first such GBF currently making its way up the River Tyne before being installed at the site.
Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and the University of Bristol have formed the Wind Blade Research Hub (WBRH), a five-year research partnership worth GBP 2.3 million and dedicated to building more efficient offshore wind turbine blades that harness more energy from the wind.
ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult will work together to prioritise SPR’s innovation needs for its portfolio of offshore wind projects, and identify the high growth UK companies with the potential solutions to solve these challenges.
GE Energy Power Conversion UK has been awarded a contract by ORE Catapult to design, supply, deliver, install, test and commission a Grid Emulation System including cabling and containment at ORE Catapult’s test facility in Blyth, UK.
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is installing a new test rig, designed to simulate the erosion caused by the impact of water droplets on a wind turbine blade during operation, at its National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth.
The 88m blade designed and produced for Adwen’s 8MW offshore wind turbine has arrived to ORE Catapult’s blade test facilities at Blyth, where it will undergo a series of static and fatigue tests as part of a European-funded project.