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31 March 2016

ORE Catapult delivered the second Cost Reduction Monitoring Framework (CRMF) to the UK Offshore Wind Programme Board this month. According to the report, offshore wind costs are falling fast with 12 of 13 cost indicators on or ahead of target. The industry is confident of driving costs below £100/MWh by 2020 on the back of long-term market […]

1 March 2016 R&D, Technology, Training & Education

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult officially unveiled its 7MW demonstration offshore wind turbine in Scotland's Levenmouth on 29 February, in the presence of the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing. The Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine offers UK industry and academia an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of technologies as […]

23 February 2016

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has launched an interactive digital portal to support the development of the UK’s developing marine energy supply chain and facilitate better engagement between buyers and sellers. The Marine Energy Supply Chain Gateway (MESCG), supported by funding from Scottish Enterprise, RenewableUK, and the Welsh Government, draws together, for the first […]

18 February 2016 R&D, Technology

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has upgraded the adjustable high voltage (HV) reactor at its UKAS accredited HV electrical laboratory, paving the way for an industry shift from 33 kV to 66 kV for future offshore wind inter-array electrical systems. The upgrade to the adjustable HV reactor involved introducing an automated control system and increasing the power […]

17 February 2016

The photo was taken by Matthew Kelly, a site manager from SgurrEnergy, which is responsible for operations and maintenance of ORE Catapult's 7MW offshore wind turbine in Levenmouth. In December 2015, ORE Catapult acquired the 7MW demonstration offshore wind turbine from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), and then awarded SgurrEnergy with an O&M contract. The 7MW turbine was installed 50m off the […]

9 February 2016 Operations & Maintenance, R&D

A new project has been launched to take a close up look at attaching organisms living on renewable energy devices below the waves, with an aim of better informing the operation and maintenance of subsea equipment. The project is being led by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, in conjunction with researchers from SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL), PML […]

15 December 2015 R&D

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has completed the acquisition of the 7MW demonstration offshore wind turbine, located off the East Fife coast, from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). The turbine offers UK industry and academia an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of technologies as well as the operations and maintenance […]

23 October 2015

Ignacio Marti, Innovation & Research Director of the UK-based Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, has been newly elected as the Chair of the Executive Committee at the International Energy Agency Wind Energy Group (IEA Wind). Marti and newly elected Vice Chair Dr. Stephan Barth, Managing Director of ForWind Center for Wind Energy Research in Germany, […]

19 October 2015 R&D, Technology

DNV GL has certified a software developed by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult as part of a project to develop a new bi-axial blade fatigue testing method. The project is aimed at reducing fatigue test times by almost a half and overall test times by a quarter. The two-year collaborative Knowledge Transfer Partnership project between […]

13 October 2015

Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult today released a comment on the intermediate close of the Green Investment Bank’s Offshore Wind Fund. Andrew Jamieson, CEO of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, said: “This is excellent news that reinforces the UK's primary role in the development of an offshore renewable energy industry that will be a huge economic boon […]

6 October 2015 R&D

TNEI Services have completed a series of studies on behalf of ORE Catapult into Marine Energy Electrical Architectures. Three reports have been produced that take a detailed look at marine energy converter components and how these place constraints on how a multi-device array can be implemented. The first report consists of a landscape map and […]

6 October 2015 Training & Education

AIS Training has secured use of Catapult's 27-metre high wind turbine training tower, which is located at the world-renowned National Renewable Energy Centre test and research facility in Blyth (formerly known as Narec). At 27 metres of height, the Catapult’s onshore wind training tower is almost double the current height required for working at height […]

14 September 2015 R&D, Technology

The first phase of the Tidal Turbine Powertrain Reliability Project (TiPTORs), led by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, has delivered a ‘Design for Reliability’ (DfR) methodology which provides a robust and systematic approach to developing tidal turbine drivetrains. The methodology, developed in partnership with Ricardo and DNV GL, allows designers to understand and control […]

14 September 2015

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult will host European Space Agency (ESA) Ambassadors for its Integrated Application Programme (IAP) as part of an opportunity to identify and facilitate offshore energy needs that can be fulfilled and supported by space assets. This activity, part of ESA’s broader network of Ambassador Platforms, is aimed at all aspects […]

8 September 2015

A new research project looking at optimum layouts for offshore electrical connections for marine energy farms has developed a ‘decision tree’ to help guide designers and developers towards the most cost effective array configuration for their development. The Optimum Electrical Array Architectures report, produced by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult with support from energy […]

12 August 2015 R&D, Technology

Blade Dynamics’ prototype ‘D78’ blade has arrived at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s test, demonstration and research centre in Blyth, Northumberland, ahead of a planned six month testing programme. The blade has been designed and manufactured in both the UK and USA and made its way, from the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, to […]

10 August 2015 Technology

Blade Dynamics is shipping the “D78” advanced assembly blade from its NASA-based facility to be structurally tested at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s blade testing facility at Blyth, UK. This is the only modular offshore blade in the world, the developer pointed out. There are multiple new technologies in the blade including a lightweight […]

2 July 2015 R&D, Technology

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is currently in discussions with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) about potentially acquiring the 7MW offshore wind turbine at Methil for research purposes. Upon completion of the agreement, the Methil turbine would become the world’s most advanced, open access, offshore wind turbine dedicated to research. It would provide UK industry […]

18 June 2015

A half-day conference at London’s Excel is set to investigate lessons and opportunities for cost reduction from three highly relevant sectors that will play vital roles in the industry’s future growth – manufacturing, digital and satellite applications. Organised by ORE Catapult in collaboration with the HVM, Digital and Satellite Applications Catapults, the conference will be held […]

1 May 2015

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has achieving internationally recognised standards in quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management. The technology innovation and research centre, established in 2013, was awarded the following accreditations in March 2015 following assessment by DNV-GL: ISO 9001:2008 – Requirement for a Quality Management System ISO 14001:2004 – Requirement for […]

13 March 2015 R&D

The ECOWindS Consortium has welcomed the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to the ECOWindS project as an official third party associated partner. ORE Catapult is the UK's flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy, and is the UK counterpart to other innovation centres across Europe such as the Fraunhofer […]

9 March 2015 Training & Education

More than 199 technicians and 200 small businesses in the North East have benefited from a European Regional Development Funded project (ERDF) related to offshore wind and marine training, delivered by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. Over the past two years, the project, delivered at the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, has been […]

24 February 2015 R&D

Three of the UK’s technology innovation, research and testing centres are working together on a joint project to test and analyse components in wave and tidal devices, to better understand issues around component reliability, improve performance and ultimately reduce the cost of marine energy. The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is working with the European […]

23 February 2015 R&D, Technology

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, together with Ricardo and DNV GL, has launched the first phase of a three stage collaborative industry project aimed at improving the reliability of tidal turbine powertrains by reducing risk at the design phase and aiding design optimisation. Improved reliability will increase energy output and ultimately drive down the […]

2 February 2015 Business & Finance

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has welcomed Andrew Walls C.A to its senior management team as Finance Director. Walls trained with the global firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, working with both private and public sectors delivering audit, financial diligence and consultancy assignments for the firm in the UK and abroad. He then joined the London and Edinburgh-based […]

17 December 2014 R&D

Urgent action is needed to bolster the UK’s wave and tidal industries and get investors back in play, according to a report published today by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK body supporting innovation and rapid commercialisation in offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies. The report highlights that this strategically important market could […]