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 Industry Council

Offshore Wind Industry Council | OWIC | ORE Catapult

The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) is a senior Government and industry forum established in May 2013 to drive the development of the world-leading offshore wind sector in the UK.

The OWIC is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy and is the sponsoring body of the Offshore Wind Programme Board – a joint government/industry body responsible for driving cost reduction in offshore wind.

The OWIC is co-chaired by Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager for Ørsted, and a Minister from the Department of Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills – reflecting government and industry commitment to the continued success and growth of the offshore wind sector. Membership comprises of government and public body representatives alongside senior executives from the development and supply chain community.

The OWIC replaces the Offshore Wind Developers Forum (OWDF) which was established in 2010 to facilitate the delivery of the Government’s ambitious plans for offshore wind energy. Its key purpose was to bring together government and industry to find solutions to barriers which have the potential to impede the viability and deliverability of offshore wind in the UK and also to maximise benefits to the UK economy.


Offshore Wind Industry Supply Chain Review

The Offshore Wind Industry Council commissioned a Supply Chain Review to establish an independent perspective on the current offshore sector supply chain and to make recommendations to encourage the development of a successful UK industrial sector. Member organisations provided Martin Whitmarsh with the assistance of experienced professionals to conduct the review. This document contains the Supply Chain Review report, the Offshore Wind Industry Prospectus, and feedback from the Offshore Wind Supply Chain Roadshows.

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Offshore Wind Industry Prospectus

The Offshore Wind Industry Prospectus is a review of the UK’s offshore wind supply chain, identifying opportunities for UK firms to win a greater share of the growing domestic and global offshore wind market. The report was commissioned in 2018 and prepared by ORE Catapult and the Whitmarsh Supply Chain Review Team on behalf of OWIC.

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A Sector Deal for Offshore Wind

In 2017, in response to the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, the offshore wind industry committed to collectively working with Government to secure a transformative sector deal by the middle of 2018. The Deal will focus on reducing costs, increasing productivity, decarbonising the UK economy, growing a skilled workforce to deliver exports and transforming economically challenged regions of the country.

The industry is calling for an investable pipeline of projects to build capability here in the UK. This requires a clear funding and policy regime and development of new sites in a responsible, sustainable way.



Independent Offshore Wind Supply Chain Review highlights opportunities for UK companies

UK offshore wind industry announces Supply Chain Review led by former McLaren Group CEO

UK Offshore Wind Industry Reveals Ambitious 2030 Vision

OWIC welcomes Aurora Energy Research analysis on the future of UK offshore wind

OWIC welcomes UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy



OWIC meeting minutes July 2016

OWIC meeting minutes March 2016

OWIC meeting minutes March 2015

OWIC meeting minutes November 2014


Useful Documents

The UK Offshore Wind Industry: Supply Chain Review

Strategic review of UK east coast staging and construction facilities 

Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy Business and Government Action



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