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UK launches SHARC project for subsea cable monitoring [free access]

November 24, 2020

The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is leading the Submarine High-fidelity Active-monitoring of Renewable energy Cables (SHARC) project to improve the operational efficiency of offshore renewable energy generation, by addressing the failure management of submarine cables.


The project has received support from Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund. In the project, NOC is leading a team of experts from the fields of marine geoscience, next-generation distributed fibre optics design and instrumentation, ocean technology and engineering, machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithm design, and exploitation and modelling of dynamic and static cable rating. The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is the project end-user and key stakeholder.


As reported, the project is aimed at reducing cable failures across the UK, which led to a cumulative loss of GBP227 million between 2014 and 2017. The SHARC project will develop techniques to monitor the condition of cables in real-time, taking into account the combined influence of various marine environmental and intrinsic cable heating effects. This will result in early detection of potential threats to cables or better prediction of their potential failures, which will enable timely intervention and reduce downtime.