ORE, Vattenfall Sign Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Testing and Demonstration Extension


Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Vattenfall have signed a three-year extension on their testing and demonstration collaboration at the 96.8 MW, 11-turbine Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, located 2.5 km off the Aberdeen, Scotland coast.

The partnership between the two companies began in 2019 and has been extended until the end of 2026.

“Extending our collaboration with Vattenfall gives innovative U.K. companies a unique opportunity to deploy, test and demonstrate their technology in a real-world environment at Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm,” says ORE Catapult’s Hugh Riddell.

“The U.K. is internationally recognised for technological innovation, but there is a need to fast track the commercialisation of these technologies and boost supply chain opportunities in the years to come. De-risking their innovations on an operating offshore wind farm in the north east of Scotland, which is already home to so many innovative engineering companies, will help to accelerate routes to market, increase confidence for potential customers, and further support the growth of offshore wind as part of the race to Net Zero.”

Geodata specialist Fugro completed the remote ROV inspection of the site last year, using its uncrewed surface vessel, Blue Essence and electric remotely operated vehicle, Blue Volta.

Zelim tested its Swift Rescue Conveyor System for the project. Pegasus Welfare Solutions, acquired by OEG Offshore in 202, constructed the project’s in-turbine toilets. Edinburgh-based Cyberhawk conducted an automated drone blade inspection at the farm.

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