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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Dr Mark Forrest

Dr Mark Forrest

Blade Research Leader

+44 (0) 1670 357711

Dr Mark Forrest oversees all aspects of Blades Research as part of Research & Disruptive Innovation Directorate at ORE Catapult. His more than 20 years of experience in Composite R&D have been within academic, governmental, and commercial organisations with a focus on out-of-autoclave composite materials and processes, mostly around Resin Infusion variants (such as VARTM and RTM). He has worked in a number of industries including aerospace, marine, motorsport, defence, medical and Wind Energy.

While working at Vestas he conceived novel materials and processes for the manufacture of low-cost composites preforms as part of an Innovate UK Composites “Grand Challenge” Project. His background research interests include materials and process development of photocurable composite systems and has applied a number of these systems across a range of industrial applications under Additive Manufacturing remits. He gained his PhD at Monash University developing composite materials along classical structure-property based relationships.

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