OrbisEnergy’s Supply Chain for Offshore Renewable Energy initiative has split £22,425 in funding between two East Anglian projects innovating in the fields of radar technology and crane design.
Sudbury-based Pager Power has developed software that assesses wind farm impacts on radar and radio reception.
The company has scooped £17,925 to enhance the system for offshore facilities by including wave and tidal data. The aim is to create surface profiles between the radar and the wind turbine with greater accuracy.
Pager Power chairman Mike Watson said: “The inclusion of wave and tidal data into our assessment software will give us a unique offering, enabling us to provide more precise results.
“Without the grant this project would simply not have been able to happen in this form.”
SCORE business advisor Richard Salmon said: “Pager Power’s software has the potential to have a substantial impact on the growth of offshore wind farms.”
Meanwhile, Kiss Cranes has been handed £4500 which covered a feasibility study on its pivoting balance crane.
The unit aims to make it easier to lift offshore wind farm support vessels out of the water for repairs. It has been developed to tackle a new generation of largely catamaran workboats whose average eight-metre can cause problems for conventional cranes.
The feasibility study was carried out by Lowestoft College’s engineering consultancy and helped secure the design’s patent. The cash award will also help to fast-track 3D modelling and structural calculations.
Kiss Cranes director Stephen Chadd said: “Projects such as Anglia One are expected to bring in a considerable number of support vessels to the region, emphasising the extent of the problem and the need for a safe efficient means of bringing these boats ashore and turning them around quickly.”
Salmon added: “It’s great to see the impact that comparatively small grants, such as that awarded to Kiss Cranes, can have when getting a great idea off the ground.”
Image: the Pager Power radar software will boost offshore development (Pager Power)