August 2018

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Remote supervisory systems: Levenmouth demonstration opportunity 

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The Catapult's 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine.


Companies working in the area of remote supervisory systems are invited to attend a breakfast presentation at our Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Fife, Scotland.

Offshore wind farm operations are largely dependent on the use of technicians, vessels and equipment to monitor, inspect and maintain the major assets and components. Minimising the costs, health and safety risks and turbine downtime associated with operations and maintenance tasks is a major industry priority. 

This opportunity might be suitable if your company:

  • Works in remote supervisory systems or enabling accessories such as headsets, cameras or other digital communication aids.
  • Offers solutions that could enable onshore staff to support offshore workers.
  • Develops robotic, autonomous and condition monitoring systems for applications to infrastructure inspection and repair.
  • Provides relevant technology to other markets and is interested in offshore wind operations and maintenance.

Read more on our website 

Fit For Offshore Renewables Workshops 




Based on the success of the Fit for Nuclear programme, which has assessed over 650 companies, the Catapult is working with industry and the Fit for Nuclear team to develop the pilot for the Fit for Offshore Renewables programme.


Fit for Offshore Renewables is a journey of business improvement using a predefined process, which typically takes 6 to 12 months. The overall objective is to increase competitiveness to support the continued cost reduction in offshore wind whilst simultaneously securing long-term economic benefits.


We are hosting three workshops to launch the programme in Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh on the 17th, 20th and 21st September respectively. Follow the relevant link to find out more and register your attendance.



WindEnergy Hamburg: four chances to soak up Catapult expertise


Research & Innovation Director Dr Steve Wyatt presents at a conference.

September's WindEnergy Hamburg 2018 conference is one of the biggest in the industry, and attendees will have several opportunities to hear first-hand from Catapult researchers on the biggest challenges facing offshore wind. 


Blade materials expert Dr Kirsten Dyer kicks off the Catapult's involvement on Tuesday 25th September at 13:45, with the presentation Towards a Lifetime Solution for Leading Edge Erosion.


On Wednesday 26th September, our Head of Strategic Research, Paul McKeever, chairs the Developments in Turbine Components session at 10:45. Later that day, during the New Approaches to Drivetrains session, Michael Smailes delivers his presentation Performance Assessment of a High-Definition Modular Multi-Level Converter for Offshore Wind Turbines at 15:00.


On Friday 28th September, our Head of Analysis & Insights Gavin Smart chairs the Towards Commercial Deployment: Key Lessons from the Most Advanced Floating Wind Projects session at 13:00. 


The Catapult will be attending the event as part of the UK National Pavilion in Hall B1. See you there!


Download the guidance and application documents.


Last chance to scale iHR turbine

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Claire Perry inspects the Immersive Hybrid Reality Offshore Wind Turbine.


The Great Exhibition of the North is drawing to a close, which means there are only a few days left to scale the Catapult's Immersive Hybrid Reality (iHR) Turbine.


The ultra-realistic experience allows members of the public to see, hear and feel what it's like to work 110m above sea level at the very top of an offshore wind farm – an environment seldom open to non-technicians. It was developed to train the next generation of offshore wind workers, and following the Great Exhibition will be put to use doing just that. Having captured the imaginations of Energy Minister Claire Perry and Arts Minister Michael Ellis, it's now your turn.


The Immersive Hybrid Reality Offshore Wind Turbine is part of the Exhibition's Innovation Trail, and is free to access at The Core, at Newcastle Helix, until 9th September 2018. 

Find out more about the IHR Turbine

 Internal Monologues: video blogs highlight summer internship benefits

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Charlotte Strang-Moran made the journey from intern to full-time engineer at ORE Catapult. 


Summer internships are one of the most important ways a young engineer can gain experience in their chosen industry.

The Catapult's internship programme gives engineering students a chance to work on real-world offshore renewable energy projects. Our interns use cutting-edge software and systems and collaborate with the sector's most innovative thinkers and SMEs – a considerable advantage when it comes to standing out among the pack.


Our new series of video blogs looks at the journeys our interns have taken, and highlights the benefits of spending a summer at the Catapult. Watch them on YouTube below.

Watch the Summer Internship Video Blogs

 Future Cities Expo




Cityx, the Future Cities Expo from Future Cities Catapult, is taking place in London from 25–27 September, 2018.


Cityx presents a unique opportunity to dive into the priority challenges facing today’s cities. Join leading businesses, market disruptors, pioneering researchers, city mayors and managers and other key city stakeholders for three days of presentations, workshops and curated networking.


Discover how UK businesses are harnessing emerging technologies to unlock radical new solutions, and develop the relationships needed to drive the adoption of Advanced Urban Services.


Find out more about the stellar line-up of speakers and register here:

Find out more and register


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