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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Our Collaborations

Tus-ORE Catapult Research Centre

A unique UK-China collaboration

TORC

Opened in March 2019, the TUS-ORE Catapult Research Centre is a leading renewable energy technology research and development centre with unique links in both the UK and China, helping to support the growth of the offshore wind industries in both countries.

The £2million Centre is developing collaborative research programmes, support market entry and incubation for UK businesses in China, provide commercial support for Chinese offshore wind developers and support the demonstration of new technologies on a 300MW wind farm in the Shandong Province.

China is predicted to become the world’s largest offshore wind market, with the Chinese Government investing $100bn in wind power projects by 2020 and aiming to install 5GW of capacity in the South China Sea, with a further 10GW in planning. With the offshore wind industry expected to provide UK companies with a £2.6bn export opportunity by 2030, the potential prize has never been greater for innovative companies that can act now and establish themselves in the the market.

 

Research Priorities

The first wave of research programmes for the new Tus-ORE Catapult Research Centre include:

  • next-generation component design and manufacture for improve turbine reliability (including novel generator and subcomponent designs).
  • novel installation technologies to reduce costs and risks around foundation installation, cable trenching and environmental issues.
  • improved ROV and drone monitoring techniques and data analysis technologies for better operations and maintenance.
  • a review of wind farm developments in China and potential technology challenges which could be addressed by joint research projects.

 

About TORC

TORC is a joint venture company established by ORE Catapult Development Services Ltd (located in Northumberland, UK), TUS Wind Technology Co Ltd (located in Beijing, China) and TUS Mingshi Science and Innovation Co Ltd (based in Yantai, China). Its main office is located in the Yantai Hi-Tech Development Zone in the coastal city of Yantai, in the Shandong Province in China.

 

 

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