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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Research & Innovation Strategic Programmes

Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE)

Delivering Clean Growth from Welsh Marine Energy Resources

The Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE) is a multi-million-pound collaboration between ORE Catapult and Welsh universities, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office. Based at Pembroke Dock, the Centre will deliver research, development and demonstration activities to support innovation in the Welsh supply chain, accelerating the commercialisation of the wave, tidal and offshore wind sectors by reducing cost of energy.

 

Activity

The purpose of the MEECE collaboration is to support innovative companies in West Wales and the Valleys region to develop new products, processes and services for the offshore renewables sector. We carry out a range of collaborative innovation projects to support these technology developments at minimal cost to the company. These include:

  • Desk-based research projects to establish feasibility and impact
  • Design and construction of prototypes and scale models
  • Testing and demonstration of prototypes, products and subassemblies at:

 

Projects

We want to hear from innovative SMEs with groundbreaking technologies and concepts that MEECE can help drive towards commercialisation. We can work across all TRL levels, from basic concepts to pre-production prototypes. Current projects that we are already investigating include:

  • Feasibility studies of a floating wave energy converter that has the potential to co-locate with floating wind. This project includes numerical modeling, resource mapping and cost of energy analyses. Find out more >
  • Investigation of a novel heat-exchanger fluid with the potential to improve cooling systems on large wind turbines. As part of this project, MEECE looked to build a bespoke test rig to demonstrate the fluid in a representative context.
  • Prototyping and testing a novel vertical axis turbine technology. MEECE will design and build a small prototype and test it in flumes and/or wind tunnels at Cardiff and Swansea Universities, leading to further testing in META.

 

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