£10,000-prize green energy hackathon open to students

The industry-backed hackathon invites entrants to develop a prototype solution for use in wind farm operations

An industry-backed, £10,000-prize hackathon is open to entries from UK-based SMEs, academics, students, and others.

The hackathon, run by ScottishPower Renewables (SPR), the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE), the National Grid, and the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP), will take place at the Glasgow Science Centre from 28–29 October.


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Entrants will take part in a 36-hour hackathon, to “provide an accurate wind farm Power Available (PA) measure using data that is already available at operational wind farms”. The challenge of providing PA highlights the need for a wealth of skills in building a wind farm, including data and digitalisation expertise.

The National Grid has ambitions to gather a PA signal from all operational wind farms on the grid to improve efficiency and reduce the costs of running the entire national power system.
– Dr Conaill Soraghan, ORE Catapult

Dr Conaill Soraghan, data and digitalisation team leader at ORE Catapult, said: “We are very excited about this event and are very much looking forward to seeing what innovative prototypes the participants will bring forward for ScottishPower’s consideration.

“The National Grid has ambitions to gather a PA signal from all operational wind farms on the grid to improve efficiency and reduce the costs of running the entire national power system.

“However, current measures of PA are not accurate enough to be used in operations, and ORE Catapult hopes that the hackathon will provide a reliable business case to offer ongoing support on this topic after the competition.”

Registration is now open at https://ore.catapult.org.uk/stories/offshore-wind-hackathon/

Participants can enter as a team of up to six or as individuals who will then be allocated to a team for the event. If you have queries about the event, please email info@ore.catapult.org.uk

This article was updated on 09/09/19 to fix a broken link.