Self-healing materials

Development of materials that can maintain their integrity and self-heal when deficiencies occur due to material degradation. Materials could be applicable to any asset that’s exposed to environmental conditions: blades, tower, substructures, cables. In electrical infrastructure power cable failure in wet environments arises most frequently from damage to the protective sheath or jacket layers allowing rapid water ingress.

Type of Entry: Innovation Area

Requires implementation offshore: Yes

Start TRL: TRL 3

Target TRL: TRL 5

Enabler: Academia

Beneficiary: Original Equipment Manufacturers

Strategic Outcome: Enabling disruptive innovation

Forecast Start: 2022

Forecatest Finish: 2038

Potential to Reduce LCOE: High

UK Benefit: High

Case for Intervention: Medium

HSE impact: Low

HSE impact notes: May reduce number of minor repairs