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Catapult CLOWTThe Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is creating a digital ‘Clone of the Levenmouth Turbine’ (CLOWT), which will use sensor instrumentation to advance the industry’s understanding of how large megawatt turbines behave, and identify cost reduction opportunities through design optimisation.

The GBP 450k project will enable the Catapult to instrument its Levenmouth Offshore Wind Demonstration Turbine’s blades, tower and substructure, to monitor its behaviour in real-world conditions. It will then use the outputs to validate the current design methodologies and tools available for building large-scale offshore wind turbines, reducing design inefficiencies and flaws. One of the first potential outputs from the project is expected to be the ‘Experimental Verification of Aeroelastic Models’ in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, which will verify the accuracy of existing industry design tools, reducing the modelling uncertainty associated with these simulations.

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