DARE Centre opening ORE

by | Jun 7, 2023

Back in May we had the exciting opportunity and honour to be invited to demonstrate our technology at the opening of ORE Catapults grand opening of their new DARE (Digital, Autonomous and Robotics Engineering) centre. Their new £3 million purpose-built DARE centre is perfect for any developers looking to test their digital or robotics products/ services that hope to be used in the offshore renewable energy market. The DARE centre enables access to controlled and representative onshore and offshore test and demonstration environments so that you can test your technology in a more realistic environment.

We are currently using the DARE centre for the real world testing as part of our Innovate UK project to adapt our technology to develop our drone to enable us to spray wind turbines to improve their efficiency.

We would like to thank everyone at ORE for inviting us to join them on their special day and demonstrate our innovative drone technology to such a captive audience. It was wonderful to see so many key people out and vested in what we do including Graham Stuart, Minister for energy security and net zero; Ian Levy, Member of Parliament for Blyth Valley; Ian Meikle from Innovate UK and the BBC.

Jon Fenning our Managing Director said “The DARE Centre will be pivotal in supporting multiple stages of our Innovate UK project to develop spray application using a bespoke drone to improve the operating efficacy of wind turbine technology.

We can provide fast, efficient and cost-effective solutions to achieve an increase in performance for the industry, but we needed to test and evidence our developments. To do this we needed to perform real world testing – something that is incredibly challenging for a drone of our size and complexity, but the centre was ideal.”

Since the opening of the DARE centre Aspira has had the privilege of being featured in several news articles including:

BBC News – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-65632800

https://lnkd.in/ez2bsuJE  – Catch a glimpse of us at 14:27

ITV News – https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2023-05-18/first-of-its-kind-centre-to-test-robotics-and-autonomous-tech

The Engineer – https://www.theengineer.co.uk/content/news/dare-centre-opens-to-accelerate-robotics-for-offshore-renewables/

Offshore energy today – https://www.offshore-energy.biz/uk-opens-its-first-national-robotics-center-for-offshore-renewables/

Ocean News and Technology – https://www.oceannews.com/news/milestones/uk-opens-state-of-the-art-robotics-center-for-offshore-renewable-energy

Institution of Mechanical Engineers – https://www.imeche.org/news/news-article/robots-for-offshore-renewable-energy-get-dedicated-3m-national-centre

Aspira Aerial Applications Ltd is a leading technology company developing new, safer ways of surveying, maintaining and treating tall buildings and structures with a range of specialist coatings by using a bespoke Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Their primary aim is to support the green agenda by applying coatings that actively clean buildings and reduce air pollution and particulate matter, as well as to mitigate the risks of working at height.

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