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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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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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G+ Safe by Design workshops

Improving Health & Safety in the offshore wind industry

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The Safe by Design workshop concept was initiated by The Crown Estate in 2012 and a number of workshops were held. In 2014, in response to the growing recognition of the G+ as a health and safety authority on offshore wind issues, the Crown Estate requested the G+ to take ownership of the Safe by Design initiative and develop the workshop programme around their risk profile.

The purpose of each workshop is to explore the current industry design on a particular topic/risk area and to investigate improvements in the design phase of an offshore wind farm project that will lead to a reduction in the number of incidents and to improvements and efficiencies in Health and Safety performance.


Our role

Prior to the Safe by Design (SbD) workshops, we worked with the G+ to design a format and methodology to suit the workshop’s content. The workshops are held throughout Europe, with ORE Catapult facilitating them and reporting the workshop’s findings. The reports are published by the G+. To date, we have delivered three Safe by Design workshops covering wind turbine generator lifts, davit cranes and access/egress.



The objective of the SbD programme is to fully engage the offshore wind industry and identify key recommendations that can be realistically implemented by the G+,  with the aim of continually improving the H&S performance in the offshore wind industry.


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