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12th January 2017

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Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Leven KY8 3RS


The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is launching a competition aimed at SMEs who can provide sensor instrumentation to the blades, tower and substructure of the 7MW Levenmouth
Demonstration Turbine to monitor its behaviour in real-world conditions.
Offshore Renewable Catapult This is part of the Catapult’s recently announced ‘Clone of the Levenmouth Turbine’ (CLOWT) programme.

The workshop will offer a unique opportunity for UK SMEs to learn more about this exceptional asset and how its capabilities can assist their journey towards commercialisation. The workshop is being supported by CENSIS, KTN, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. A representative from CENSIS will be speaking at the event.


The UK offshore wind market is the largest in the world and as the sector grows with larger turbines and arrays, so do the opportunities for innovative sensors and condition monitoring systems.

The offshore environment requires robust and reliable sensor systems, able to monitor and detect activity in the turbines and substructures, whilst monitoring the related environmental and operational parameters. Innovative sensor system solutions will be key to improving integrity, operational efficiency and reliability of wind turbines, leading to significant O&M cost reduction, increased safety, optimisation in turbine design and de-risking of offshore wind technologies.

About the competition

renewables wind turbineWith an established market for sensors in sectors such as aerospace, oil and gas, and automation, the opportunity to develop new approaches and technologies is considerable. Demonstrating these technologies in the offshore wind sector can be challenging both in terms of access to an operational turbine and also in relation to prohibitive costs. ORE Catapult is looking to support companies in making this transition.

Who is this workshop for?

ORE Catapult is looking for SMEs seeking to demonstrate, validate and calibrate novel sensor technologies for the offshore wind sector.

The programme will utilise ORE Catapult’s 7MW Levenmouth turbine. Technologies should be at TRL 5 or higher and should be non-intrusive to the operations of the turbine, or require any significant alteration of their device. Sensor technologies are sought that can instrument blades, drivetrains and/or foundations.


Visit the ORE Catapult’s Eventbrite page to find out more and to register.