Research Hubs

Our Research Hubs form part of our Academic Engagement Plan, designed to align ORE Catapult and UK academic expertise to support the needs of the offshore renewables industry.

The Hubs bring a more robust, complementary offering of academic research, innovation, demonstration and representative testing to the offshore renewables sector. Pooling skills and resources provide a critical mass to leverage further funding, e.g. competitive R&D revenue (from competitive funding programmes) and existing University research programmes, into the Research Hubs.

At ORE Catapult, the research team is divided into Knowledge Areas that focus on specific areas of research activity, with the Research Hubs aligned with one or more Knowledge Areas.

Three RHs are operating

  • The Wind Blades Research Hub (WBRH), established in 2017, is aligned to the Blades Knowledge Area team.
  • The Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub (EIRH), established in 2018, is aligned with the Electrical Infrastructure team.
  • The Powertrain Research Hub (PRH), established in 2019, is aligned with the powertrain knowledge area.

The Research Hubs will not operate from a fixed location; instead, the researchers will take advantage of the facilities available from both the University and the ORE Catapult premises depending on the specific requirements of the projects undertaken.


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