GBP-920k programme to boost Scottish offshore wind research
ORE Catapult officials and Scottish energy minister Paul Wheelhouse on the platform of the Levenmouth demo turbine. Source: ORE Catapult.
UK technology innovation and research centre the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult on Thursday announced a GBP-920,000 (USD 1.2m/EUR 999,000) programme designed to help Scottish companies develop technology and services for the offshore wind industry.
The programme is built around ORE Catapult's 7-MW Levenmouth demonstration turbine in Fife, Scotland that is providing UK businesses with an opportunity to test their designs.
ORE Catapult said the new programme will increase access for those businesses. It will also fund the creation of a lidar test facility and help set up a virtual wind farm.
Of the programme's cost, GBP 460,000 come from the Scottish government, with ORE Catapult providing matching funding.
The virtual wind farm will be created using operational data from the Levenmouth turbine. It is intended to become a platform for research, data and findings for Scotland's industry and academia, with the ultimate aim of better understanding how offshore wind farms work, and making them more efficient.
The programme is supported by industry, ORE Catapult said. Wood Group, for example, is particularly interested in lidar verification as the uptake of this technology could cut development and operational costs.