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United Kingdom : ORE Catapult releases offshore wind's crystal ball vision.

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapults new crystal ball vision of offshore wind includes an army of multi-rotor turbines, kite power and autonomous robots.

The innovation body forecasted trends for 2030, 2040 and 2050 based on ongoing research and design in Britain and gaining traction across the world.

During the 2030 period offshore wind is expected to become the backbone of the countrys energy mix with pioneering designs and storage technology potentially (meeting) a third of the UKs electricity demand.

Other trends comprise automated motherships carrying armies of droids to dangerous offshore locations where they will implement maintenance and basic repairs cheaper than ever before.

ORE Catapult said although turbines will expand in size, issues faced by scale and weight will mean more innovative designs will come to the fore, including multi-rotor designs and vertical axis turbines.

Floating wind is going to be the norm by 2030 with turbines of up to 15MW as well as kite power generators. Rare earth magnets in generators will be replaced by cheap, abundantly available ferrite magnets.

ORE Catapult research and innovation director Stephen Wyatt stated: This is a very exciting time for the offshore wind industry. The industry is currently working with government to agree a transformational sector deal to enable additional capacity to deliver affordable electricity, grow innovative UK businesses and create UK jobs.

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Date:Feb 27, 2018
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