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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Red Rock Power Ltd, a subsidiary of global energy company SDIC Power, is a renewable and sustainable energy company based in Scotland. Currently, Red Rock Power Ltd provide support to three wind development projects including Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm and have a 25% stake in Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm. As Industrial Partner of the Launch Academy, they will create innovation challenges, assess applicants to join the cohort as well as provide one-to-one support with their chosen companies to make them supply chain ready.
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Siemens Gamesa is a leading supplier of wind power technology to customers worldwide and is a leading pioneer in the renewable energy sector across more than 90 countries. The organisation strives to become the global leader in renewable energy technology and drive the transition towards a greener and more sustainable world. Siemens Gamesa is a sponsor of the Launch Academy and will provide business support to the cohort, potentially looking to integrate new innovations into their technological offering.
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Barclays have set up their Eagle labs with the aim of starting and growing innovative businesses by promoting creativity and collaboration. By providing businesses with the services needed to expand, Barclays have created a network of like-minded entrepreneurs and SMEs who will benefit from collaborative office space and structured mentoring programmes. Barclays are offering this collaborative space across their UK locations for the Launch Academy to help grow near-to-market business. As well as this, they are will provide a structured mentoring programme to support the SMEs in their journey to commercialisation and help to bridge the gap between innovative SMEs and the large corporate organisations within the offshore wind industry.
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BDO is the UK’s 5th largest accountancy firm and offer a wide variety of services for clients including accountancy, advisory and compliance services to support growing entrepreneurial businesses. A key focus of BDO is to provide support on administrative tasks to allow the innovative SMEs to concentrate more on the development and launch of their technology. As part of the Launch Academy, BDO will support these small businesses scale-up and bring their technologies to life in order to enhance progress the offshore wind supply chain.
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Green Angel Syndicate is the UK’s only angel investment syndicate which specialises in the green economy. The Syndicate invests in small but innovative companies who wish to improve the market readiness of their technology for the green energy sector. For the Launch Academy, Green Angel Syndicate will deliver on two fronts – the first is providing business planning and investor readiness training and the second is bringing investment capabilities to SMEs by supplying the investor funding themselves.
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Shepherd & Wedderburn is a law firm that specialises in delivering expert legal advice to commercial, public sector and private clients. By investing time and resources into developing their own knowledge about the industry the client is operating in, Shepherd & Wedderburn is able to provide expert legal advice specific to the client’s needs. Shepherd & Wedderburn will offer the Academy cohort access to high quality legal advice, which will support them in bringing their technology to market. Ultimately, this support will help bring new SMEs into the offshore wind supply chain and lower overall industry costs.
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Murgitroyd is one of the largest group of patent and trade-mark attorneys and is recognised globally for their services. They advise clients on the capturing and protection of their Intellectual Property in order to make their technologies market ready. The Launch Academy programme will provide the successful SME applicants access to commercial and academic research opportunities with Murgitroyd, which they otherwise would not have outwith the programme. Murgitroyd recognise that SMEs tend to have very limited budgets when it comes to patent protection and so, they will offer support and guidance on how best to protect their IP.
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As part of the Iberdrola Group - a world leader in renewable energy - ScottishPower Renewables is pioneering the UK clean energy market by being at the forefront of innovation, development and operation. ScottishPower Renewables is supporting the Launch Academy and will provide business support for the cohort in order to get them supply chain ready, potentially integrating their innovative technologies into SPR’s future projects.
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