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How Catapults are helping innovation in the UK
- Jul 30, 2019 12:45 pm GMT
How 'Catapults' are helping innovation and offshore wind in the UK
This week I spent time with an organisation looking to expand and to engage with small and medium businesses and encourage them to innovate and look to the future.
I was with the Manufacturing and High Value Catapult currently based within the University of Central Lancashire at Preston.
I was shown around a building embedded within the University and being fitted out with testing bays for such futuristic ideas as augmented reality, robotics and the testing of sensors for the "internet of things". Some of the equipment is so rare that only two examples exist in the whole of Europe with one of them about to become operational at Preston.
As the name suggests ‘Catapults’ - of which there are ten - wish to ensure business and technologies can make massive gains quickly; Wikipedia defines a Catapult as ‘a ballistic device used to launch a projectile a great distance without the aid of explosive’
I already encountered the ORE or Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult during my time working for a big-six utility in Glasgow. In those days it was still being set up and the vision underpinning it evolving. It has since grown to encompass facilities in the East of Scotland, also at Blyth and more recently, become part of the renewable energy cluster proving so successful on Humberside: offshore-wind-industry-supply-chain-event.... Read more
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