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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Adventures at Fraunhofer IWES – Week 1

Innovation Manager Mike Newman on secondment at Fraunhofer IWES 

After a fantastic whirlwind of a first week at the Fraunhofer IWES North West, I have learned a huge amount about the commonalities and differences in our neighbouring research institutes on the continent. One thing I can say for sure is that the weather is similar but the coffee is much better!

Dr. techn. Marcel Wiggert and his team here have welcomed me with open arms and I am already deeply involved in project TIMES, their O&M modelling and simulation project funded by the BMWi (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy). TIMES is a follow on project to the development of COAST, a weather data-based offshore planning tool.

I have also had the opportunity to meet a much wider set of people across the organisation to discuss alignment of strategies and development of future industrial research opportunities that aim to provide industry with the tools they need to ensure integrity of existing and future wind farm assets.

Next week I will be joining the RAVE conference to hear about the research undertaken at the Alpha Ventus Demonstration wind farm.


I have also had the opportunity to meet a much wider set of people across the organisation to discuss alignment of strategies and development of future industrial research opportunities that aim to provide industry with the tools they need to ensure integrity of existing and future wind farm assets.

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