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Catapult seeks UK University to join Wind Blade Research Hub

Published 19 September 2016

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is seeking to collaborate with a UK-based University to accelerate offshore wind turbine blade research and development activities, combining academic and industry skills and resources to better respond to industry’s needs.

The technology innovation and research centre is establishing a Wind Blade Research Hub, aimed at building a stronger, complementary offering of academic research, innovation, demonstration and representative testing for the offshore renewables sector.

It is seeking submissions from universities interested in joining the Hub, which will help shape ORE Catapult’s future wind blade research and development plan.

Ignacio Marti, ORE Catapult’s Innovation & Research Director, said:

“With important challenges ahead in blade design, materials, manufacturing, ancillary systems and sensors, this is an exciting time for blades research, with significant opportunities for product-driven research.

“By pooling existing academic and industry skills and resources, we are better able to respond to industry’s needs, driving forward vital research and helping to leverage further competitive R&D funding and revenue.”

For further information and to download the guidance and application documents, please visit our website https://ore.catapult.org.uk/who-we-work-with/research-academia/research-calls/

Notes to Editors

Please note the deadline for call submissions is 1200 noon BST on Friday 28th October 2016. All completed submissions should be sent to research.calls@ore.catapult.org.uk.