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Chancellor Visits ORE Catapult’s Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine

we welcomed The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, to our 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Offshore Wind Turbine off the coast of Fife.

The Chancellor witnessed first-hand the impact of the world’s largest and most advanced open access offshore wind turbine dedicated to research and demonstration in supporting the commercialisation of innovative new technologies, the growth of the UK supply chain and meeting the UK’s decarbonisation and Net Zero targets.

Since 2015, the Turbine has supported 140 technology demonstrations and 45 research & development projects. The Chancellor met with three UK companies that have already benefitted significantly from working with ORE Catapult through access to the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine. Rovco, an AI subsea inspection software company, has grown from two employees in 2016 to 106 today, with plans to grow to over 200 in the next 12 months. Pict Offshore, a spin-out from Limpet Technologies, formed a joint venture with a leading offshore wind developer and opened a factory in Fife to manufacture its industry-leading offshore personnel transfer system. And Cyberhawk, a drone-based blade inspection company, has enjoyed 54% employee growth to 111 personnel in the past year.

Tony Quinn, ORE Catapult’s Test & Validation Director, hosted the visit and underlined how vitalcontinued investment in our next-generation of world-leading test assets is to achieving the UK’s Net Zero targets by 2050.

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Harnessing innovative new technologies will be crucial to help the UK meet its climate goals and shape our economy for the future. It is brilliant to see ORE Catapult’s Demonstration Turbine helping companies to commercialise their ideas and boosting green industries in Scotland, particularly as we prepare to host COP26 in Glasgow later this year.”

About the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

ORE Catapult was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is part of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is the UK’s leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy.

Independent and trusted, with a unique combination of world-leading test and demonstration facilities and engineering and research expertise, ORE Catapult convenes the sector and delivers applied research, accelerating technology development, reducing risk and cost and enhancing UK-wide economic growth.

Active throughout the UK, ORE Catapult has operations in Glasgow, Blyth, Levenmouth, Aberdeen, the Humber, the East of England, the South West and Wales and operates a collaborative research partnership in China.