How to plug the UK into desert sunshine

By Chris BaraniukTechnology of Business reporter If you wanted to build a gigantic new solar farm, you would probably choose the desert over Dartmoor. Many have dreamed of exploiting the desert sun, but one of the challenges has always been how to export that electricity. Xlinks, an energy start-up, says it has the answer with […]


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Podcast: The Role of Robotics in the Future of Offshore Wind and Net Zero

We are thrilled to share details of a recent podcast, featuring Dr. Theo Lim of the Smart Systems Group. This broadcast was episode 24 of the Re-energise Podcast series, hosted by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. “Our clean energy revolution is in full swing, with the UK actively moving from fossil fuels to renewable […]


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Robotic Technologies in Offshore Wind

Published today in Power Technology, written by Yoana Cholteeva “As the need for better capabilities and more predictability in the offshore wind sector is growing, the industry has welcomed its collaboration with robotic technologies. Robotics and AI come as powerful tools to help unlock human potential, providing assistance and support to inform human decision making, often […]


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Robotic Engineering Superhero’s

Wind turbines harness the wind to produce energy, however, they can be quite dangerous to maintain. Offshore engineers are subjected to dangerous conditions which include hazardous weather conditions and environments. Robotic platforms which include robots for air, land and sea, can be used to complete inspection and maintenance missions to reduce the risk and increase […]


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Symbiotic System Design for Safe and Resilient Autonomous Robotics in Offshore Wind Farms

We are pleased to announce an early release of our research into symbiotic systems. This top-down approach to modelling the complex interactions of industrial autonomous services presents several advancements that will enable a roadmap to trust, resilient autonomous operations and safety compliance. The preprint is available on ArXiv by clicking here and video presentation which […]


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HOME Offshore: Advanced Sensing for Offshore Asset Management

We are pleased to share our latest outreach video, hosted on our Smart Systems Group YouTube channel. In this video, we have summarised and demonstrated the latest research outcomes of Heriot-Watt University and the Smart System Group, which innovative fusion prognostics approaches on offshore Asset Management. We utilise advanced sensing technologies, multi-physical models, data-driven and […]


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Asset Integrity Monitoring of Wind Turbine Blades with Non-Destructive Radar Sensing

Global growth in onshore and offshore wind energy has created a forecasted 11.5% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) increase in Wind Turbine (WT) blades throughout 2020-2025. The ability to verify blade condition throughout the asset lifecycle is integral to economic and reliable renewable energy supplies. Currently, commercial inspection of deployed wind turbine blades is predominately […]


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Upcoming Publications: Acceptance of Publications to IEEE IEMCON 2020

The Smart Systems Group at Heriot-Watt University, would like to congratulate Dr. Jamie Blanche, Daniel Mitchell and their research teams for the notification of acceptance of their publications. These papers are due to be released at the Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference (IEMCON) 2020. This conference will be held on the 4-7th of […]


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