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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Innovation Challenges

Solving these technology innovation challenges will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. If your technology has the answer, get in touch via our contact form on the Innovation Challenges page.

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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.

Wind Blade Research Hub

Dr. Terence Macquart

Terence Macquart is a Lecturer at the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) in the Faculty of Engineering. He earned his PhD degree on the topic of aero-servo-elastic control for smart wind turbine blades in 2014 at Northumbria University. He next moved to a post-doctoral researcher position at the department of aerospace structure and materials at Delft University of Technology. Afterwards, he secured a post-doctoral researcher position at the University of Bristol under the EPSRC-funded SUPERGEN Wind research grant project until 2017. His current research interests include aero-servo-elastic design and optimisation of wind turbine blades, multi-disciplinary optimisation and composites structures.

Wind Blade Research Hub

Dr. Alberto Pirrera

Alberto Pirrera is the Senior Academic Lead of the Wind Blade Research Hub. A Senior Lecturer in Composite Structures, Alberto currently holds an EPSRC Early Career Research Fellowship (2015-2020) at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the University of Bristol. His academic home is the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS), where he has actively been involved with its Centre for Doctoral Training. He has published in excess of 25 journal papers and 35 conference papers. Alberto currently manages a group of more than 20 researchers. A modeller and a theoretician specialising in engineering science, Alberto’s research interests lie in the area of structural analysis, design and optimisation. In recent years, he has focused on wind turbine blades and on well-behaved nonlinear structures. Alberto has attracted funds of more than £3 million from a variety of sources, including EPSRC, InnovateUK, the EU, Catapult Centres and industry.

Wind Blade Research Hub

Professor Paul Weaver

Paul is a Professor of Lightweight Structures at the University of Bristol, as well as Bernal Chair of Composite Materials and their Structures at the University of Limerick. Since 2008, he has been Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites, was Director of the Vestas Preferred Partnership in Composites (2009-2015) and is currently lead academic of the WBRH. Paul’s expertise lies in developing new design concepts and methods with lightweight composite structures and has also worked closely with Airbus, Leonardo Helicopters and Artemis Racing. He has been a consultant to NASA for 12 years and has been a principal or co-principal investigator of grants totalling more than €50 million. He holds a Science Foundation Ireland Research Professorship (€6.4M) entitled Varicomp, which brings together his interests in both shape-changing and lightweight composite structures. He currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Merit award, and was previously an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow. His research team have won six best paper awards in recent years, Paul has successfully supervised 34 PhD students to completion, and has published in excess of 250 refereed journal and conference articles.

Testing & Validation

Dr Lee Harris

Lee obtained his PhD from Durham University in Surface Science in 2006, and since then has led national and international research, product applications, operations, process development and sales groups in a variety of scientific fields across Life Sciences to Materials Development. He is currently the High Voltage Materials Scientist at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult responsible for the research, development, testing, and validation of materials utilised in the high voltage industry, including the development and testing of MV / HV subsea static and dynamic cables within the ORE Catapult UKAS accredited High Voltage electrical laboratories.

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