The Scottish Government is to spend £300,000 on virtual research and training projects in renewables.
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, an offshore wind research centre, will receive £215,000 to develop a digital clone of its demonstration turbine for industrial and academic research.
The Energy Skills Partnership (ESP) will receive £85,000 to support work training programmes, which use virtual reality software.
Dr. Stephen Wyatt, Strategy & Commercialisation Director for ORE Catapult, said: “The creation of a virtual turbine, or ‘digital clone’, through sensors on the blades, tower and foundation, will enable us to develop a unique understanding of the performance, forces and strains on a next-generation offshore wind turbine.
“Not only will the project enable extensive future research and new opportunities for Scottish engineering and technology companies, but the resulting data will enable us to enhance future turbine design and potentially drive significant cost reduction”.