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Research & Development

Pioneering innovation in Northumberland

ORE Catapult Paving the Way

Since 2013, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has been leading the way in offshore renewable energy innovation and research from its home in Blyth.

Over the last decade, the world-renowned testing development facility has partnered on over 650 R&D projects and worked at the heart of innovations valued at £650m. The site includes the world’s most comprehensive open access and independent test and research facilities, including wind turbine blade testing facilities, power train testing facilities, a UKAS-Accredited HV and Materials.

There is also a £3m state-of the-art Digital, Autonomous and Robotics Engineering (DARE) Centre where innovative products and services can be tested and developed. The presence of a global leader offshore wind R&D centre in the region has proven a major draw for other enterprises in the renewable energy sector.

ORE Catapult

A world of research at your fingertips


The wider North East region provides expertise and facilities in developing, testing and manufacturing across a range of sectors. Learn more about the leading R&D facilities in the North East:
The National Innovation Centre for Data

The NICD is based in the state-of-the-art Helix science district in Newcastle and supports organisations to acquire new skills, understand their data and understand innovate ways to use it. With £30m funding from the Government and Newcastle University, the Centre uses a team of PhD and Masters-level data scientists to equip organisations across the country with the skills they need to use data to improve their business.

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National Innovation Centre Ageing

The NICA enables businesses to take advantage of opportunities related to the ageing and longevity markets whilst innovating through data. By merging human experience with research knowledge and market data they make people-driven insight for innovative practical solutions.

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Centre for Process Innovation

CPI acts as a catalyst bringing together academia, businesses, government and investors to translate bright ideas and research into the marketplace. They do this by giving our customers access to the right experts, equipment, networks, funding and more – connecting the dots for effective innovation.

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Technology Development Centre

The new £6 million Technology Development Centre (TDC), will provide testing, validation and demonstration capabilities for small and medium sized companies working on products and services for the offshore wind industry – adding to the globally unique range of services already available at ORE Catapult’s National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth.

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University Cluster

Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Northumbria and Teesside all rank consistently among the UK’s best universities for teaching and research, and institutions. They have all developed close links with companies in the region based on applied research.

The cluster of universities help forge the North-East as a powerhouse for research and innovation, rivalling London. The North East universities as a whole have been named as having the strongest team of researchers outside of London, having huge implications across the whole of the North East and Northumberland.

Research in the region’s universities has been independently assessed as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” in disciplines including biosciences, clinical studies, chemistry, engineering, math, computer science, environmental studies and art and design.

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We work with local and international businesses to help them on their journey to investing in Northumberland. Get in touch with the team to discuss the opportunities available to your business.

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