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UK - Offshore Renewables Robotics Groups Join Forces to Bridge Gap Between Research and Industry

Two of the UK’s leading research organisations in the development of robotics for use in offshore renewables have teamed up to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and the Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA) Hub, will work together to translate UK robotics innovation and research expertise into products and services for the offshore renewables’ industry.

They will also look to link key sector partners with academia based on specific needs and use cases.

The ORCA Hub is a collaboration led by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, a joint venture between Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh University, which is supported by Imperial College London and the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool.

It’s hoped both organisations will use their research expertise and testing facilities in order to undertake joint research projects, as well as developing future skills by supporting MSc and PhD projects.

They also aim to draw up a national strategy with specific robotics technology innovation roadmaps towards commercialisation.

The two organisations last worked together in 2019, when ORCA Hub held a robotics demonstration day at ORE Catapult’s National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland.

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