Among those companies to move into offshore renewables is Aberdeen-based offshore engineering provider, W3G Marine Ltd. Predominantly working in offshore oil and gas, the company met with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to discuss potential innovation challenges for offshore wind to find an avenue in which they felt they could assist.
As a result, W3G Marine started working on a drone-based erosion inspection technology concept for offshore wind farms, a technology that could drastically reduce operations and maintenance costs.
“W3G Marine Ltd are developing a drone deployed inspection tool for offshore wind turbine blade damage, and have been working with ORE Catapult during the design stage of the project. The Catapult has been an invaluable help, and the process has opened up opportunities for us to diversify our product offering and explore new markets,” said John Giles, Director of W3G Marine Ltd.