LIMPET Offshore Personnel Transfer System - Energy - Wind Energy
Limpet Technology is embarking on the development of a new access solution that focuses on allowing technicians and loads to transfer between vessels and offshore wind turbines more safely and in higher sea states. The overarching technical objective is to deliver a solution that can be proven to deliver safe and reliable access to and from offshore wind turbines in sea states up to and beyond 2.5 metres Significant Height (Hs).
In June 2017, we installed the second prototype system onto the ORE Catapult's 7MW Offshore Demonstrator Turbine at Levenmouth in order to accelerate prototyping in a life-like offshore turbine environment. With a long landing ladder falling from the transition piece gantry into the Firth of Forth, the location strikes the perfect balance between realism and accessibility, minimising the cost, complexity and risk of prototyping in a live offshore wind farm. We have also been chosen as one of a handful of companies to show case the work being done by ORE Catapult as part of their 'Backing the Game Changers' campaign
During January 2017, we completed the build of our first prototype system and we are now engaged in testing and further development. We are also demonstrating the system to stake holders within the offshore wind sector in order to gather feedback and move towards sea-trials. The basic capabilities of our prototype system can be seen in the video below. Please take a look. We welcome your comments and if you would like to discuss the system or see it demonstrated at our workshop in Edinburgh, then please get in touch.
Please take a look at the short film below, which discusses our Offshore Personnel Transfer System project and which was produced in October 2016 by ITN Productions in collaboration with the World Petroleum Council as part of the 'Journey of the Drop' series of films.