CWind and Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have signed a collaboration agreement to focus on offshore renewables in the UK.
The two companies will focus on delivering applied research projects and accelerating technology development, aimed at improving health and safety, the operational performance of offshore renewable assets, as well as reducing risk and cost.
“ORE Catapult uses its unique facilities and research and engineering capabilities to bring together industry and academia and drive innovation to improve existing, and develop next generation, renewable energy technologies," said Chris Hill, ORE Catapult’s Operational Performance Director.
"With CWind’s strong and proven background in engineering, I am confident that together we can deliver new research, technology and development projects that will support evolving offshore wind capabilities and generate significant economic benefit for the UK.”
CWind said that the agreement demonstrates its long-term commitment to developing solutions to overcome the challenges faced by the UK offshore renewables sector, using innovation and technology to drive change.
“As a Company, CWind is committed to innovation and driving positive change to support the future growth of the UK offshore wind industry," said Ian Bryan, Managing Director of CWind (Interim). "Our values are matched closely with those of ORE Catapult and we look forward to achieving success for mutual and industry benefit.”
ORE Catapult and CWind have been collaborating over the last 12 months and have planned multiple projects for this year, including the exploration of an engineered corrosion protection solution and an in-field communication solution.
In addition, CWind joined the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub’s (OWIH) Technical Advisory Group, in which it will play a role in shaping the initiative’s O&M and Electrical Infrastructure Technology Roadmaps, identifying the innovation needs of the sector.