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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Wind Blade Materials Development Forum

The wind blade materials market is one of the most competitive, dynamic, and strategically important parts of the wind turbine supply chain. It is estimated that between 2017 and 2026 the materials market for wind turbine blades will produce and sell over $37.34 billion. Part of the expected growth is in the rapid evolution and development of wind turbine blades, their manufacturing processes, and advanced materials that are enabling stronger and longer blades — which in turn make wind turbines more efficient and economical, increasing the size and lowering the cost of energy from wind turbines.

This TBM forum will discuss how to adapt to new design and technologies. It will discuss what is realistic when it comes to bigger blades, better quality, and faster production; what innovations will we see in materials and practical implementation.

The Catapult has two speakers at this event. On Day 1 at 15.45, Dr Kirsten Dyer talks about Developing Tools to Improve Leading Edge Erosion Coatings. On Day 2 at 13.30, Dr Peter Greaves presents on Advanced Blade Structural Analysis and Testing.

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Steigenberger Hotel Treudelberg Lemsahler Landstraße 45 22397 Hamburg Germany


Wind Blade Materials Development Forum


19/04/2018 - 8:30 am


20/04/2018 - 4:45 pm


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