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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Operation & Performance Strategic Programmes

Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence

In an effort to boost the UK’s floating offshore wind industry, ORE Catapult has established the Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (FOW CoE) to develop an internationally recognised initiative to reduce the cost of energy from floating wind. The Centre will accelerate the build-out of floating farms, create opportunities for the UK supply chain, and drive innovations in manufacturing, installation and O&M. The CoE is a collaborative programme with industry, academic and stakeholder partners.



To establish an internationally recognised centre of excellence in floating offshore wind which will work towards reducing the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) from floating wind to a commercially manageable rate, cut back development time for FOW farms and develop opportunities for the local supply chain, driving innovation in manufacturing, installation and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) methodologies in floating wind.

ORE Catapult Floating Offshore Wind

The last turbine for the Hywind Scotland project sets sail from Stord, Norway. Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Statoil



Drive the commercialisation of floating offshore wind for the UK’s benefit – through a reduction in the UK’s carbon emissions and an increase in economic Gross Value Added (GVA).





At this stage the following organisations are partners in the FOW CoE. As the programme of work develops, relationships with further industrial, academic and stakeholder partners shall be formalised.

Industry Partners


Academic Partners

To be confirmed August 2020

Supply Chain Partnerships

The FOW CoE has established relationships with the offshore wind clusters in the UK – particularly those with most interest in floating offshore wind, DeepWind, Forth and Tay, Celtic Sea. At this stage our broader supply chain engagement is channelled through them.

The FOW CoE shall engage directly with the supply chain on a number of more focused topics. This engagement shall take the following forms:

  • Opportunity to tender for the delivery of consultancy work;
  • Opportunity to respond to industry partner innovation challenges;
  • Involvement in a number of focused, project specific, working groups;
  • Sharing relevant information, resources and news via social media, blogs, webinars etc.


Core Work Programme

The FOW CoE has developed an initial core work programme across four workstreams:

  • Technology development;
  • Supply chain and operations;
  • Development and consent; and
  • Delivering Net Zero


 Learn more about  the workstreams here



Core funding for the FOW CoE activity is provided by industry partners. However, this funding is utilised to leverage funding from other sources to maximise the impact of the FOW CoE and the core funding invested.

For the financial year FY20/21 the leverage of an industrial partner’s funding is estimated to be at least 22:1.



The FOW CoE is ultimately governed by an Executive Governance Board on which each industry partner has a single representative. The ORE Catapult also sit on this Board, alongside a representative from our Academic partners.


Impact and Additionality

The FOW CoE recognises there is a range of relevant activity within the broader offshore wind industry and is seeking to augment this through working in collaboration and formal partnerships where this is in the interests of relevant stakeholders. More specifically, it is seeking to ensure that floating offshore wind specific risks and opportunities are considered in the short term, alongside the broader risks and opportunities for the offshore wind industry in the UK and more broadly.



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