Centre of excellence will be in Glasgow
A new £1.6 million centre to develop offshore wind monitoring technology is being opened at Strathclyde University.
The Centre for Advanced Condition Monitoring is a partnership between the university, consultancy Sgurr Energy and David Brown Gear Systems.
Initially there will be five researchers with up to another 10 academics supporting them.
The focus will be on creating technology to monitor the condition of offshore gearboxes.
Professor Jim McDonald, principal of the university, said: To achieve our ambitious energy targets and realise the potential of offshore wind, it is critical that we bring together engineering expertise through research collaboration between academia, industry and the public sector.
"The Centre for Advanced Condition Monitoring will play an important role in removing barriers to large scale offshore wind deployment by developing technology that is cost effective, robust and maximises the availability of offshore renewables installations."
Ian Irvine, technical director at SgurrEnergy, said: Our extensive involvement in offshore wind farm projects has highlighted the huge potential and also significant challenges that face the industry.
"Offshore wind projects can be difficult working environments and consequently costs can be extremely high. Quality information on wind farm operational performance is essential to ensure that optimum decisions can be made."
Ian Farquhar, managing director for wind at David Brown, said: We have a clear growth strategy, developed around expanding in key global markets including renewable industries such as wind and solar.
"We have been using our vast knowledge and experience to design innovative gearboxes for the offshore wind market that address the challenges of reliability, efficiency and lifecycle costs.
"This collaborative research programme will enable David Brown to develop leading edge condition monitoring technologies and is a great opportunity to bring the very best thinking to the wind industry."