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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Carla Shearer

Carla joined the Data and Digitalisation team at ORE Catapult as an intern over summer 2019. She’s contributed to writing reports and deliverables with the team, as well as giving a hand where needed in creating data visualisation dashboards and cleaning up MATLAB and python code.

As a 4th year student in mechanical engineering at the University of Strathclyde, the work at the Catapult and her studies complement each other well. Her dissertation is a practical application of machine learning, and during the last few month at the Catapult she has worked on compiling resources for the team to learn more about machine learning.

Marketing & Communications

Fiona Smyth

Fiona graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2019 with a BA(Hons) degree in Marketing with Economics. She joined the Catapult in May 2019 as a summer intern in our Marketing and Communications team to assist with the organisation of ORE Catapult’s presence at Global Offshore Wind 2019. She was then given a permanent role in August, taking on the responsibility of digital content and marketing.


Anthony Gray

Anthony Gray joined ORE Catapult in February 2019 and holds the post of Techno-Economic Analyst.

Anthony is primarily responsible for undertaking techno-economic modelling using internal and external tools. Anthony is also involved with delivering the financial element of projects and carrying out analysis of market situations.


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.


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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.

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