Gnosys has won an Innovate UK grant with its partner the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. The objective is to develop and demonstrate a new improved subsea power cable which is more robust than existing designs. It will employ ground-breaking self-healing and water blocking technologies using new extrudable polymer materials. A similar development is planned for underground cables.
Subsea self-healing cable
Gnosys new developments were featured in two international dielectrics conferences. Gary Stevens gave an invited keynote lecture on high performance functional dielectrics at the ICPADM conference in Xian China. At the ICD conference in Budapest Hungary, he also presented on the work Gnosys is doing on new cable developments. At the same conference, Henryk Herman, Gnosys chemometrics expert, also presented a paper describing how spectroscopy linked chemometrics can be used to monitor complex ageing processes.
Aerial asset inspections
Achieving long distance inspection of infrastructure assets using unmanned aerial vehicles has moved one step closer. The UK Department of Transport have chosen Gnosys to demonstrate pervasive communications for UAVs to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS). In the future, these new long-range aerial platforms will reduce inspection costs for many companies that operate distributed infrastructures.
Cables for renewable power
Gnosys along with the University of Southampton, successfully delivered an Innovate UK project called CableSure. This work centred on developing enhanced performance cable insulation materials. Key to this project was the development of new nanomaterials that when added to polymers enhance properties of electrical breakdown strength, electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity and thermal stability – all necessary for renewable centred power networks.
Self-healing insulating fluid
Gnosys have moved closer to volume production with the letting of a license to one of the world’s largest producers of dielectric fluids. This development will secure volume supplies of Gnosys self-healing dielectric fluids to UK electrical power networks under the tradename AnagenTM.