Satellites to orbit offshore
Cross-catapult programme set up to aid renewables sector
The Offshore Renewable Energy and Satellite Applications Catapults have joined forces to explore how satellites can help the UK’s offshore renewable energy industry with technological challenges.
The cross-catapult programme is a number of collaborative and joint industry projects such as WindRes, which aims to translate research generated by the previous NORSEWInD project into a commercial operational tool for satellite enabled offshore wind resource optimisation.
The programme will use freely available satellite data, such as Sentinel-1, to construct a wind atlas for a given location.
ORE Catapult said it is collecting industry requirements for such a tool and supporting its development.
The European-funded HIGHROC (High spatial and temporal Resolution Ocean Colour) project will see ORE Catapult install an Aeronet ocean colour monitoring instrument on Noah their offshore metocean measurement platform, off the coast of Blyth.
It will be used for validation of satellite-based ocean colour algorithms and services using improved imagery down to a spatial resolution of 10m to 30m every 15 minutes during daylight.
Remote sensing using satellites could allow for environmental monitoring to understand and track the movement of marine life at potential sites for offshore windfarms or to improve weather monitoring and forecasting in what the ORE Catapult has highlighted as innovation challenges for the sector.
Other areas for satellite use include movement and displacement measurements from satellites using radar could be employed to monitor the structural health of offshore wind turbines and other offshore assets.
Improved satellite quality and the significant reduction in the cost of satellite data mean these applications could soon be commercially viable, the ORE Catapult added.
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