OREC and ORCA Hub collaborate to advance robotics in offshore renewables

16 October 2020 - Published by Stig Marthinsen

Periscope partner, OREC has partnered with the ORCA Hub will work together to translate UK robotics innovation and research expertise into products and services for the offshore renewables’ industry and link key industry partners with academia based on specific needs and use cases. The overall aim is to collaborate to strengthen the relationship between applied academic research and industry need and further develop and amplify the sector’s robotics opportunity.

The Periscope network visited the ORCA Hub two years ago, bringing companies from around the North Sea Region to network with a view to starting projects. 

The Periscope Network at the ORCA Hub, 2018

Chris Hill, ORE Catapult’s Operational Performance Director, explained, “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 Centre 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.”

Professor David Lane CBE, ORCA Hub Director, commented, “This collaboration with the ORE Catapult builds on our on-going work within the renewables sector. The ORCA Hub, part of the National Robotarium, is developing use-inspired robotics and AI technology from the science base, driven by industry challenges. There is enormous scope for the application of robotics solutions within the energy sector to reduce cost and risk, increase productivity and contribute towards net zero energy transition. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the ORE to really drill drown on use cases, industry partnerships and our culture of development by demonstration.”