Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Find out more about our robotics and autonomous systems testing and validation facilities.

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Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub

The Catapult has appointed the University of Strathclyde and the University of Manchester to form the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub.

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Automation & Engineering Solutions

Find out more about our work in robotics, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

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Stay Current

Dig deeper into the biggest issues facing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy with our series of Analysis & Insight papers.

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Live Innovation Opportunities

There are a number of programmes laying out the key technology innovation challenges faced by the offshore renewables industry that, when solved, will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. Visit our Live Innovation Opportunities page to find out if your technology has the answer.

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ANALYSIS & INSIGHT

A Great Leap Forward? Offshore Wind in Ireland

Ireland has some of Europe’s best wind resource, but to date offshore wind deployment has lagged well behind other markets due to a lack of strong policy support. This situation may now change as energy policy, market frameworks and legislation evolve to promote more effective competition and new support arrangements emerge to encourage investment in renewable generation, expanding support to offshore wind in the future.

To attract developers, it is important for Ireland to build a market with enduring appeal and a stable, coherent, long-term framework to establish a viable offshore wind sector. This Insight Paper discusses the policy, market and technical developments necessary for deployment of large-scale offshore wind generation in Ireland, and makes recommendations for additional changes that could enable new investment. The Catapult’s Operations & Performance Director Chris Hill and Project Engineer Owen Murphy contributed.

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