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 identifying the key technology innovation challenges faced by the offshore renewables industry. Solving these challenges 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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Great Exhibition of the North: Immersive Hybrid Reality Offshore Wind Turbine

Inside the Immersive Hybrid Reality Offshore Wind Turbine

A view from inside the Immersive Hybrid Reality Offshore Wind Turbine

The Immersive Hybrid Reality Offshore Wind Turbine is a novel mixed-reality system that enables users to perform actual tasks while being immersed within virtual but realistic site conditions. The technology uniquely integrates state-of-the-art, real-time localisation technologies and a wearable immersive display (VR/AR goggles). The iHR system uses a direct animation of ORE Catapult’s 7MW Demonstration Turbine, located in Fife, Scotland, and has been designed to give users the following experience:

• Replicating the working conditions of being over 110m up on top of an offshore wind turbine nacelle
• An exciting and interactive element to training and learning in safe college conditions
• Realistic training scenarios whereby the user must recognise faults and issues and carry out the corrective action
• The sensation of working at heights, changeable weather conditions and realistic sounds.

The Immersive Hybrid Reality Offshore Wind Turbine is on public display as part of the Great Exhibition of the North. It can be found at The Core at Newcastle Helix from 19th July – 9th September 2018.


The Core, Newcastle Helix, Firebrick Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TF


Find out more at the Great Exhibition of the North


09/09/2018 - 8:00 am


09/09/2018 - 5:00 pm

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