Chairman appointed to ORE Catapult

Chairman appointed to ORE Catapult

08 Aug 2012

The Technology Strategy Board has announced the appointment of Colin Hood as Chairman of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult centre.

The new Catapult will focus on technologies applicable to offshore wind, tidal and wave power.  Bringing together knowledge, expertise and state of the art facilities to help UK businesses innovate, finding new ways to capture and use the energy, as well as reducing the cost of offshore renewable energy sources. UK businesses engaging with the centre will be able to reduce the risk associated with creating profitable products and services.

Mr Hood will chair the Board of Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, set up to help grow the UK’s renewable energy sector. His responsibilities will include ensuring the Catapult team meets its strategic objectives, agreed with Technology Strategy Board, as well as ensuring good corporate governance for the organisation.

Mr Hood brings with him over 35 years experience in the Energy sector. At Scottish and Southern Energy he joined the board as Power Systems Director (January 2001) and later became Chief Operating Officer (October 2002). Prior to this he was Director of Distribution for Southern Electric, having joined the industry with the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board in 1977.

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is part of a network of world-leading technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the Technology Strategy Board as a long-term investment that will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

The Catapult will have its Headquarters location in Glasgow (Scotland) and will have an operational centre near Narec, in the North East (Northumberland). The Catapult aims to open for business later this year. It will also build strong links with centres of excellence, such as the European Marine Energy Centre, Wave Hub, and the recently announced marine energy park in the South West of England.

View the press release here

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Last updated on Friday 31 August 2012 at 09:37

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