Offshore Renewables: ORE Catapult and CWind

The UK’s offshore renewable energy innovation centre, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is the UK’s leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy.

Independent and trusted, ORE Catapult brings together more than 400 SME from industry and academia, through the sponsorship of 55 research positions, providing a unique combination of world-leading test and demonstration facilities and engineering and research expertise to deliver applied research, accelerating technology development, reducing risk and cost and enhancing UK-wide economic growth. There are 200 projects currently in progress, and 100 more are expected in 2019. ORE Catapult is expected to be the world’s leading offshore renewable energy technology centre by 2023.

ORE Catapult employees are delivering major programmes for high growth companies, from new centres of excellence in Glasgow, Blyth, Levenmouth, Aberdeen, Hull, the South West and Wales.

ORE Catapult and CWind collaboration

In January 2019, a collaboration agreement was signed between ORE Catapult and CWind, part of the Global Marine Group (GMG), a leading provider of ocean engineering services to the offshore renewables and utility market. CWind has been committed to developing long-term solutions to the challenges faced by the UK offshore renewables sector, using innovation and technology to drive change. CWind already has longstanding relationships and currently works with wind farm owners and developers including Ørsted, E.ON, and Vattenfall.

ORE Catapult and CWind aim to deliver research that will speed up technology development, improving health and safety and operational performance whilst reducing risk and cost. Multiple projects are planned for 2019, including an engineered corrosion protection solution, and an in-field communication solution. CWind already has a reputation for new technologies and digital advances that drive efficiencies and improvements.

At the same time, CWind has joined the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub’s (OWIH) Technical Advisory Group, a joint initiative by ORE Catapult and the Knowledge Transfer Network, which coordinates UK innovation that is focused maximising the benefits of offshore wind in an economically prudent way. Together, the aim is to deliver new research, technology and development projects that will support evolving offshore wind capabilities and generate significant economic benefit for the UK.

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