Competition for SMEs to gain technology demonstration access to Levenmouth offshore wind turbine

Archived news: published on Monday 05 Dec 2016 by Fife Economy Partnership

The Offshore Renewable (ORE) Catapult is running a competition for SMEs to gain access to its 7MW Levenmouth offshore wind demonstration turbine to prove and commercialise innovative new sensing technologies.



In a programme co-funded by the Scottish Government, the ORE Catapult is developiong a digital Clone of the Levenmouth Offshore Wind Turbine (CLOWT), fitting sensors to its blades, tower and substructure to monitor its behaviour in real-world conditions.



Image result for ore catapultIn parallel with this, it will provide the opportunity to a number of emerging technology developers to demonstrate and validate their latest innovations alongside existing best-in-class products.




Entrants to the competition will be asked to propose a sensor techology that can help with monitoring of blades, drivetrains and foundations, essential to understanding the operational environment and further bringing down the cost of offshore wind.



A lack of access to demonstration facilities has been identified as one of the major blockers to innovation and resulting cost reduction in offshore wind. It is believed that this will be the first time that SMEs have had such an opportunity to gain access to a next generation offshore wind turbine.



Companies with sensing technologies that can monitor blades, drivetrains and foundations are invited to apply.  Technologies should be at Technology Rediness Level (TRL) 5 or higher and should be non-itrusive to the operation of the turbine or required any significant alteration of their device.



The Catapult is running a briefing workshop on the competition at Fife Renewables Innovation Centre in Leven on 12 January - click to find out more and to reserve your place.

Alison Laughlin, Economic Adviser 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 22 78 Contact Alison Laughlin online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY
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