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- We can optimise the hydrodynamic design of offshore renewable structures for performance and survivability
- We lead on advanced high-tech autonomous ocean data collection
- We enhance and safeguard operations with our state-of-the-art simulators and cyber resilience testbeds
- We fundamentally understand how operations will interact with the ocean environment through our leading marine science research
Testing and de-risking
Hydro- and aerodynamic design
- Fully adjustable water depth, wave and current dynamics, and wind conditions to mirror the Celtic Sea environment.
- De-risk floating offshore wind installations and mooring designs by running physical experiments at scale.
- Generate test data to understand limits of designs and how they perform under different scenarios.
Physical and virtual modelling and simulation
- True-to-life simulations of vessels, structures, weather and wave conditions.
- Measure a wide range of metrics, including dynamic forces, power and stresses.
- Evaluate insurance risks and assess carbon budget.
Designing for cyber resilience
- Build cyber resilience into your floating offshore wind developments with secure-by-design principles.
- Analyse and address cyber security vulnerabilities at the hardware, software, and human levels to mitigate threats.
- Embed leading technological and training solutions that will protect your company, your consumers and the environment.
Data capture for planning
- Identify optimal locations for floating offshore wind turbines, infrastructure and moorings through the collection of ocean and shoreline spatial data.
- Accelerate the process of surveying, monitoring and conducting environmental impact assessments by using AI alongside marine autonomous systems, novel sensors and robotics.
- Monitor wave energy, wind speed and depth profile to achieve peak performance and operational resilience.
Life cycle assessment
- Carry out rigorous life cycle assessments of the materials and machines used in your developments, as well as research on recycling materials for circular economy.
- Leverage our clean maritime expertise to address the impact of deploying floating turbines into the marine environment.
- Examine the ecological impacts of FLOW installations and prepare strategies for decommissioning.
Legal aspects of FLOW operations
- Address conflicting priorities while remaining legally compliant in areas such as policy and cross-border relations with Ireland and the EU.
- Embed both offshore and onshore legal considerations into rigorous planning and approval processes.
- Ensure that your proposals observe cultural heritage and environmental law, and specifically the Habitats Regulations and the Marine and Coastal Access Act.
Development and deployment
Integration of alternative energy
- Cut distribution costs and facilitate efficient energy storage solutions by integrating green hydrogen production, and other alternative fuels, with floating offshore wind.
- Eliminate supply and demand balancing challenges by co-locating other offshore renewable energy with your operations, such as solar, wave and tidal stream energy.
- Reduce the carbon footprint of your supply chain and the wider energy sector by leveraging regional geothermal energy.
Maritime cyber security solutions
- Protect critical energy infrastructure against growing maritime cyber threats with advanced security mechanisms through fundamental understanding of risk in both Information and Operational Technology (IT/OT) convergence.
- Prevent service outages with cyber-physical testing and solutions to respond quickly to attacks, such as viruses, ransomware and blackmail.
- Access nationally unique resources, like Cyber-SHIP Lab, Smart Sound Plymouth, and the new Cyber Resilience of Offshore Wind Networks (CROWN) facility to ensure resilient deployment in the region.
Optimisation of installation and operational maintenance
- Model, test and analyse real-world scenarios in our state-of-the-art COAST Lab, Maritime Simulation Lab and Cyber-SHIP Lab.
- Reduce costs and improve data-gathering efficiency, maritime safety, monitoring and environmental impacts with leading facilities and expertise in marine autonomous systems.
- Decarbonise maintenance and support vessels by accessing our capabilities in clean maritime technology.
Port integration and logistics
- Utilise our expertise in green shipping, port management, procurement and logistics.
- Develop business models to successfully manage the transition to a net-zero economy.
- Train new sector-specific professionals, engineers, and project managers with a focus on ORE operations, predictive analytics and maritime economics.
Social and environmental value
- Foster a unified and consensual approach to the ORE agenda by considering the needs of the development areas alongside the needs of the country as a whole.
- Identify and analyse the economic impacts generated by ORE to ensure that investment and employment benefits local people and regionally embedded businesses.
- Increase supply chain resilience and capacity by subscribing to innovation and skills in the South West.
- Support the UK commercial fisheries industry by using our natural capital expertise to demonstrate how offshore installations can contribute to new feeding and nursing grounds.
- Foster the co-existence of offshore wind operations with a thriving environment using unparalleled capabilities and equipment in the application of marine and environmental intelligence.
- Co-locate your developments with sustainable local enterprise, such as kelp farming or aquaculture, to stimulate regional job prospects and a healthy marine ecosystem.
Working with communities
- Combine scientific and ethical perspectives to facilitate community-conscious development through a whole systems-thinking approach.
- Empower local stakeholders with meaningful, ongoing opportunities to participate in decision-making processes, as well as including, informing and inspiring communities through public engagement programmes.
- Work alongside the traditional local fishing, agricultural and tourism industries with respect to regional food security, livelihoods and cultural heritage.
- Deploy novel sensors, robotics and autonomous camera technology to build long-term datasets of seafloor imagery.
- Identify and analyse the distribution of protected species in the Celtic Sea region to mitigate impacts from development and promote conservation.
- Speed up the consenting process by interpreting autonomous survey data in real time with AI technology.
Why work with Plymouth?
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Flexible tailored support
- Drive new technological solutions through our Energy Innovation Generator, a support programme of commercial consultation, facility access and collaborative research and development.
- Address key sector challenges through co-investment and strategic research enabled by a consortium membership model.
- Achieve your commercialisation aims by accessing a continuum of ongoing support, ranging from consultancy to tailored student projects and company-sponsored PhDs.
Skills, expertise and future workforce
- Access apprenticeships, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral-level programmes in areas such as offshore renewable energy, maritime logistics and economics, onshore and marine design and engineering, cyber security, and marine autonomous systems.
- Upskill your workforce and advance specialist skills through our bespoke training opportunities.
- Drive regional growth through our Energy Innovation Generator, which includes a skills escalator to fulfil sector employment requirements.
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News stories and announcements
- Study highlights significant design advances across floating offshore wind sector 8 September 2023
- Project aims to ensure offshore renewable innovations remain cyber-secure 5 September 2023
- Academic interviewed on BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific 8 August 2023
- Invest in the South West 5 July 2023
- Multi-billion-dollar opportunities for Plymouth and the South West 30 June 2023
Why the Celtic Sea developments are important
Original photograph of the WindFloat Atlantic project, courtesy of Principle Power/Ocean Wind.