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Operations and Maintenance (O&M) is the largest relative growth segment of the offshore wind sector, and O&M activities make up almost a quarter of the lifetime costs of an offshore wind farm. This provides a huge opportunity for cost reduction through innovation of products and services. 


As the UK’s leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy, we are uniquely positioned to support the development of smart and sustainable operations and maintenance.  Our team provide the offshore wind industry with the insight and tools to meet the performance, safety, environmental and economic challenges of O&M.


Circular Economy

Slowing closing and narrowing resource loops in offshore wind for sustainable materials management.

Clean Maritime

Enabling market acceptance of alternative fuels to decarbonise transport for offshore wind farms.

Remote sensors and robotics

Accelerating market validation and adoption of remote sensing, data analysis, robotics and autonomous systems.


We have a combination of experienced engineers and specialised test facilities that can reduce the costs and the technology risks of offshore wind O&M. Focusing on the development of robotics, autonomous systems and digitalisation, we also provide leadership, road mapping and testing of clean maritime technologies and run joint industry programmes to implement circular economy principles in the offshore wind sector.


Located in the Port of Grimsby, our Operations & Maintenance Centre of Excellence (OMCE) is building on the Humber’s energy heritage and extensive experience in servicing offshore wind farms. Our OMCE leads the sector’s development in next generation operations and control, inspection maintenance and repair, and O&M decarbonisation.

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The 5G PORTAL (Ports and Offshore Renewable Technology Accelerator Lincolnshire) is the biggest offshore wind ‘living lab’ in the world and was created off the Grimsby coast. The £2.8million project accelerates the development of a new generation of digital technologies essential for the huge expansion of the offshore wind generation required to meet climate targets.

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We are working hard on several projects to uncover how circular economy solutions can be applied throughout the lifecycle of wind farms. We work closely with Government, industry and academia seeking innovative solutions to ensure a sustainable and resilient wind industry can continue to grow, supported by a sustainable and resilient supply chain.


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The emergence of big data and digitalisation as a transformer of the global economy has been one of the key industrial trends. Our Data & Digital Services team is working with owners and operators, and service providers to drive the adoption of cutting-edge technologies that can add value across the whole wind farm lifecycle – helping the industry embrace a more efficient, effective, data-driven future.

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Our Digital, Autonomous and Robotics Engineering (DARE) Centre was constructed in Blyth in 2023, and is the first asset of its kind in the UK, dedicated to offshore wind. It enables robotic technology developers to access representative onshore and offshore test and demonstration environments. The market for robotic intervention in safety, cost reduction and efficiency of offshore wind farm operations is potentially worth £1.3 billion by 2030, and our centre provides R&D infrastructure to realising this.

DARE Centre


The aim of our Clean Maritime team is to support and accelerate the decarbonisation of offshore wind vessel operations and promote maximum UK supply chain contribution in this market. We conduct market analysis to quantify emission reduction and vessel capability, as well as provide engineering and electrical testing support in relation to two projects.

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Katharine York

Head of Sustainable O&M