MEMBER NEWS: Crondall Energy takes part in award winning offshore wind accelerator programme

March 8, 2024
MEMBER NEWS: Crondall Energy takes part in award winning offshore wind accelerator programme

Ten UK companies, including Crondall Energy, poised to take the offshore wind industry by storm have joined the national Launch Academy, an award-winning technology acceleration programme, from the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.

Launch Academy kicked off its latest national nine-month programme in Newcastle on the 6th March with companies from across the UK developing technology solutions to address some of the most significant challenges within offshore wind.

Since 2020, 47 companies have progressed through the regional and national programmes, over £33m of investment and grant funding has been raised and 48 patents have been filed. The latest national Launch Academy programme will run from now until December 2024 and is sponsored by leading industry heavyweights RWE, bp and ScottishPower Renewables.

Winning company Crondall Energy is developing an online mooring integrity management platform focused on estimating mooring line fatigue.

Joel Maisey, Energy Transition Manager at Crondall Energy, said: “We are delighted to be part of ORE Catapult’s Launch Academy as we bring the SAFEMOOR platform to market.

“SAFEMOOR will provide a fully integrated online mooring integrity management platform, for floating offshore wind. The purpose of SAFEMOOR is to estimate mooring line fatigue and performance in real time, to reduce visual inspection, improve reliability, and gather data to improve future mooring line designs.

“We believe this will be a real game changer for offshore wind developers. With the support of Launch Academy, Crondall Energy will soon be able to introduce this innovation to the offshore wind industry through a prototype program. We look forward to following the Launch Academy process with ORE Catapult.”

The nine-month programme will deliver bespoke support through a series of modules delivered by ORE Catapult and expert partners. These include legal, marketing, export, accountancy, intellectual property (IP), investor readiness, technology assessment, and business case reviews – worth up to £60,000 per company. At the end of the programme, companies also have the chance to pitch to ORE Catapult’s network of private investors and industry.

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AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

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Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

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The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

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