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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Ralph Torr

Ralph is a Programme Manager at ORE Catapult and is responsible for the delivery of large, multi-project technology and supply chain development programmes. Ralph first joined ORE Catapult in 2014 where he worked in the business integration team during the merger with the NAREC organisation before going on to lead ORE Catapult’s Engineering Team.

Prior to joining ORE Catapult, Ralph spent seven years working in consultancy as both owners and lenders engineer, providing specialist advice on renewable energy technology, project design and development. Ralph has a broad range of engineering, programmes, operations and business management experience. Over the past five years, Ralph has worked within a number of innovative companies and project entities in an operational and project delivery role. This has provided him with first hand experience of the challenges faced by companies commercialising new technologies and scaling their operations to deliver these. Ralph has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), both from the University of Strathclyde.

Board of Directors

Adrienne Airlie

With over 35 years of experience as a CA and more recently as Chief Executive of a mid-tier Scottish accountancy firm, Adrienne joins ORE Catapult as a non-executive director after standing down as Martin Aitken & Co’s Chief Executive in 2018. She continues as a Director of the firm.

In her professional practice she has had responsibility for managing a portfolio of audit, accountancy and business advisory clients across a range of industries, as well as advising charities and NFP organisations on finance, governance and regulation. She also has extensive experience in Financial Services.

Adrienne is also a non-executive director of international aid charity, Mercy Corps Europe and she has served on various ICAS, and other finance and audit committees. In these various roles she uses her expertise in financial stewardship, governance and risk management.


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Data & Digitalisation, Operation & Performance

Craig Stout

Craig Stout is an O&M Systems Engineer in the Catapult’s Data & Digitalisation team. He has a background in mechanical engineering, receiving an MEng from Robert Gordon University, with an interest in wind turbine design. Craig’s main focus is the analysis of operational data from the renewables industry. His current work includes industry benchmarking programmes, resource and performance assessment and enabling data sharing for the industry.

Download Craig’s O&M Case Study, UAV Approaches to Wind Turbine Inspection, here.

Data & Digitalisation

Alistair Lee

Alistair Lee is a Graduate Engineer with the Catapult’s Data and Digital team.

He joined the Catapult in 2018, after graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a first in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering.

Working primarily on analytics of offshore wind turbines, Alistair organises the offshore wind benchmarking service SPARTA, produces analytics reports, and provides engineering insight into analytics. He has also contributed the Catapult’s O&M Case Studies series with a study of the UK’s first-ever unmanned survey at an offshore wind farm.

Data & Digitalisation, Operation & Performance

Peter van Heck

Peter van Heck is a Data Scientist in the Catapult’s Data & Digitalisation team.

Combining a background in computer science with deep knowledge of wind farm data systems, Peter’s primary focus is on data architectures, data availability, and modern analytics methods including machine learning, process automation and business intelligence. Peter ensures that operational data from our assets and projects is readily available and is analysed effectively to maximise its potential. He works alongside mechanical engineers and asset analysts on- and offshore to deliver robust and actionable insights to owner/operators, SMEs and research partners across Europe.

Read Peter’s blog on the application of machine learning in offshore wind here.

Board of Directors

Ronnie Bonnar

Ronnie Bonnar started his career in the offshore oil and gas sector, working initially in the fabrication yards in the North of Scotland, followed by a number of assignments overseas.

In 2005 he took on the role as Project Manager on the Beatrice Demonstrator Project and subsequently, in 2008, became co-founder and Operations Director of SeaEnergy Renewables Ltd.

Following the acquisition of SeaEnergy Renewables in June 2011 by Repsol, he took up the role of General Manager responsible for all renewables activities in the UK, which included the development of three major offshore wind farms, Beatrice, Inch Cape and the Moray Firth projects.

In 2016, he set up his own consultancy business focussed on the renewables sector in the UK and abroad.

Ronnie is also a former Chairman of Scottish Renewables.

People, Research & Innovation

Ravneet Kaur

Ravneet is Innovation Manager for the Research & Innovation team, which leads ORE Catapult’s search for future technology to advance the offshore renewable energy sector. Ravneet is responsible for enabling high-growth potential SMEs to enter and grow in the renewable energy sector, working with them to commercialise new technologies, identify investment and access testing services.

Before joining ORE Catapult, Ravneet was Chief Operating Officer at a clean technology start-up, specialising in smart energy systems. She joined ORE Catapult in 2018 with eight years of business development experience. At ORE Catapult, she is responsible for identifying cross-sector innovation and novel technologies. She is currently leading the enterprise and academic engagement for the ERDF-funded eGrid project.

Ravneet holds triple masters, MSc International Marketing and PG in Renewable Energy, Enterprise and Management from Newcastle University and an MBA from a prestigious university in India.

Wind Blade Research Hub

Dr. Kyungil Kong

Dr. Kyungil Kong is a postdoctoral research associate at the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) in the University of Bristol. He earned his MSc and PhD degrees focusing on FEM simulation of nano-composites, multi-scale nano-structured composite materials and their manufacture at UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea). After his PhD (2016), he worked as a postdoctoral researcher to develop multi-functional energy harvesting composites for one year at the UNIST. He then moved to a senior researcher position and developed techniques for microwave thermoplastic manufacturing with carbon fibre composites at the AMRC Korea, a branch of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Group. In 2018, Kyungil joined the WBRH as a post-doctoral researcher and his current research interests include condition monitoring of wind blade materials and manufacturing multi-functional, multi-scale composite materials for a variety of applications.

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