Researchers at the University of Strathclyde are gearing up to develop offshore wind monitoring technologies, after being awarded a £480,000 (€576,000) grant by Scottish Enterprise. The funding has helped to secure an experimental rig facility.
Based at the University’s Centre for Advanced Condition Monitoring, the research project will initially focus on technology to monitor the condition of offshore turbines' gearboxes.
The centre will draw on corporate expertise as well as the University’s Faculty of Engineering. The researchers will seek to develop new techniques aimed at cutting the need for expensive, reactive maintenance.
Professor Scott MacGregor, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, said the centre could "play an important role in helping to meet renewable energy targets for Scotland" and provide technologies to maximise offshore installations' performance.
Neil Francis, Scottish Enterprise Senior Director for Technology and Sector Delivery, added: "Innovation across all aspects of the [offshore wind] industry is needed in order [that it can] realise its full economic potential."