Two of the UK’s leading research organizations in the production of robotics for use in offshore renewables are working together to improve the partnership between applied academic research and industry needs and further grow and enhance the robotics sector’s potential.

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and the Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA) Center, a partnership led by the Edinburgh Center for Robotics (Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh University), the Imperial College London and Oxford and Liverpool Universities, will work together to transform UK robotics creativity and research skills into products and services.

“This collaboration with the UK’s leading universities in the field of applied robotics will enhance the technical capability and credibility of our Operations & Maintenance Center of Excellence. We will be able to bridge the gap between the cutting-edge applied robotics research taking place in the UK right now and the needs of industry, who are focused on driving down costs, improving health and safety and ultimately the productivity and efficiency of our offshore renewable energy plant.”

Chris Hill, ORE Catapult’s operational performance director.