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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Innovation Challenges

Solving these technology innovation challenges will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. If your technology has the answer, get in touch via our contact form on the Innovation Challenges page.

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Offshore Wind Programme Board

Offshore Wind Programme Board | OWPB | ORE Catapult

The Offshore Wind Programme Board (OWPB) was established following the recommendations in the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force report.

The Board brings together senior representatives from industry (including developers and supply chain), UK and Scottish government, The Crown Estate and Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies. See the full membership list. It is based on successful models used in other sectors such as PILOT (the oil and gas taskforce).

The Board’s objective will be to implement the Task Force’s recommendations to drive cost reduction, to treat the UK’s offshore wind sector as one business by assessing risks and barriers and tackle these by helping to find and implement solutions in partnership with the wider industry.

In February 2016, Jonathan Cole, Offshore Managing Director for ScottishPower Renewables, was appointed industry co-chair of the Offshore Wind Programme Board. The Government Co-Chair is Matt Taylor.

We are responsible for delivering the Cost Reduction Monitoring Framework on behalf of the OWPB. To download the reports, and for more information, visit our Industry Reports page.


Meeting minutes

OWPB meeting minutes March 2017

OWPB meeting minutes June 2016

OWPB meeting minutes June 2015

OWPB meeting minutes February 2015

OWPB meeting minutes October 2014


Terms of Reference

Finance group Terms of Reference

Grid-group Terms of Reference

O&M group Terms of Reference

OWPB Terms of Reference

Skills group Terms of Reference

Supply chain group Terms of Reference

Technology Innovation group Terms of Reference


Grid Group reports

Export Cable Reliability 

Overview of the offshore transmission cable installation process in the UK

WTG Monopile Foundation Motion Analysis

Lightweight Offshore Substation Designs

Offshore Wind Cable Catalogue

Overview of geophysical and geotechnical marine surveys for offshore wind transmission cables in the UK

Transmission Costs for Offshore Wind

Economic analysis of large submarine cables

Offshore transmission benchmarking and cost monitoring

Power optimisation of offshore wind power cables study


Useful documents

Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force report

Offshore Wind Programme Board Annual Report March 2015



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