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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

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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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Grid Emulation System: SME Engagement Event

Join us for an engagement event to discover how your business could enhance its technology and products with access to free-of-charge support services from our industry experts, and the most advanced Grid Emulation System in the world, eGrid.

Project background and opportunities for SMEs

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre. As a result of a £6m investment project, partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund, we are now upgrading our research infrastructure by installing one of the world’s most advanced Grid Emulation Systems, eGrid, at the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth.

As a result of the installation, the eGrid platform and associated support services from ORE Catapult are now available to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the region in order to enhance opportunities for research, development and demonstration activities across the wind, wave and tidal sectors. Other industries, such as solar PV and energy storage, can also access the system and support services.

Join us for this free event to discover more about the eGrid programme, speak to our experts and discover how your business can benefit from exclusive access to a world-leading facility, business support services and technical specialists.

See below for a list of support areas offered by ORE Catapult*


10.30 | Arrival and refreshments
11.00 | eGrid introduction: project overview and opportunities (Dr Chong Ng, Head of Applied Research)
11.20 | SME engagement plan (Andy Macdonald, Senior Innovation Manager)
11.40 | International research platform – opportunities for SMEs (James Battensby, Head of Research Business Development)
12.00 | Lunch and Networking
13.00 | Site tour
14:30 | Session close

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us:

Stephanie Mann, Innovation Manager

Benedict Moore, Marketing Manager

*The following are indicative areas of support offered by ORE Catapult:

  • Transformer, Drive/Converter, Switchgear, Motor/ generators, Power cable, Power electronics systems
  • Energy storage system developers/manufacturers/designers
  • Industry software validation (e.g. Bladed/Fast)
  • DC circuit breakers development support
  • Wind plant power control development
  • R&D and investigation on the impact of interconnection of wind power plants
  • Validation of health monitoring system/life time estimation tools
  • Solar energy (i.e. PV) system and automotive (i.e. EV) developers/manufacturers/designers
  • Advisory on data acquisition system and instrumentation system development
  • Advisory on electrical system design, development and modelling
  • Advisory on funding opportunities
  • Advisory on international wind and tidal industry issues
  • Advisory on how to deal with large scale public funding procurement
  • Advisory on high value large scale engineering project developments
  • Advisory on public funding proposal preparation.


Charles Parsons Technology Centre, High Quay, Blyth, NE24 2AZ


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13/06/2018 - 10:00 am


13/06/2018 - 2:30 pm

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