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ORE Catapult to create 'digital clone' of 7MW turbine

UK: The UK's offshore wind innovation centre has been awarded £215,000 from the Scottish government to create a "digital clone" of its 7MW turbine in order to further understand its behaviours.

ORE Catapult will create a 'digital clone' of the 7MW turbine using sensors
ORE Catapult will create a 'digital clone' of the 7MW turbine using sensors

ORE Catapult said the £450,000 project would see sensors added to the Samsung-built turbine along the blades, tower and substructure in order to monitor it.

"It will then use the outputs to validate the current design methodologies and tools available for building large-scale offshore wind turbines, reducing design inefficiencies and flaws," ORE said.

ORE Catapult's sector lead for wind, Cian Conroy, said: "With the rapid scale in growth of offshore wind turbines, with 8MW machines now being readily deployed and the industry looking to develop 10MW turbines, industry needs to rethink and revalidate assumptions associated with offshore wind turbine designs."

The Scottish government has also granted £85,000 to the Energy Skills Partnership to support its virtual reality and work training programme, teaching Scottish workers the skills needed in the offshore sector.

ORE Catapult acquired the 7MW Samsung turbine at Levenmouth, east Scotland, last December.

It said the turbine will become the "world's most advanced, open access offshore wind turbine dedicated to research".

South Korean-firm Samsung decided to sell the turbine after it conducted a review into its European offshore activities.

Construction of the 7MW, 171-metre rotor turbine was completed in October 2013, and it was commissioned in early 2014.

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