Welcome to the NSRI

The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) is the research arm of Subsea UK. It has been set up to bring academia and industry together to collaborate on getting technology to market much more quickly. The NSRI aims to be the focal point for the co-ordination of research and development activities for the UK’s subsea sector.

The NSRI operates across the following industries within the subsea sector:

  • Oil and Gas
  • Offshore Wind
  • Subsea Mining
  • Wave and Tidal
  • Defence
  • Ocean Science

To support its operations NSRI launched the "NSRI Matchmaker", designed to pair your technology or innovation needs with the university or specialist research centre that can help you. Matchmaker aims to provide the best and most relevant contacts for collaboration needed to progress the development of new technology. Further information on the "NSRI Matchmaker" and how your company can join can be found on the "NSRI Matchmaker" website.

Offshore Wind Accelerator: Cable Condition Assessment Competition

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched a new global innovation competition to find and fund the development of innovative solutions to a challenge facing the offshore wind farm industry today: how to monitor the condition of subsea cables to ensure that they are not damaged during the load out and installation process. The competition aims to solve this challenge by identifying and supporting the development of novel condition monitoring systems for subsea cables.

The competition entries will be assessed by an expert panel from the OWA. The Scottish Government and the nine OWA developer partners are providing up to £225,000 to support successful innovative concepts. Concepts that show the most promise could also receive further funding to take them to full-scale demonstration.

Further information and application form.

AFRC: Digital Manufacturing & Engineering Potential

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), Scotland’s only High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre, is exploring the opportunities for digital manufacturing and digital engineering in Scotland, particularly in the oil and gas sector and is keen to here from industry stakeholders.

The centre is investigating how current manufacturing challenges could be overcome by the effective use of visualisation technologies. The aim is to bring about real business and technological benefits for companies.

Recent activity includes hosting a demonstrator event in Aberdeen with the newly formed Oil & Gas Technology Centre showcasing recent technological developments in virtual reality and robotics. The technologies on show included Virtalis’ ActiveMove, a transportable virtual reality system, and the Kuka’s state-of-the-art light weight robot, LBR iiwa.

The AFRC wants to hear from the subsea industry about the potential applications that exist for emerging digital manufacturing technologies such as visualisation, automation and robotics. The objective it to help develop and secure the technological future of the industry as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, takes hold.

To discuss the opportunities for these technologies within your business or to share any ideas you have for application in the industry then please contact Paul Cantwell, Knowledge Exchange Fellow Oil & Gas at the Advanced Forming Research Centre.

For further information on the AFRC visit www.afrc.org.uk.

Other Projects

Small Pools

The NSRI is involved with the small pools theme, identified by the Oil and Gas Technology Leadership Board (TLB) as a key enabler in Maximising Economic Recovery from the UK Continental Shelf. The theme is being championed by a team of representatives from Centrica, EnQuest, GE, Magma Global and the NSRI.  The NSRI is acting as the implementation body that will deliver upon the objectives identified by the team.

Branching Out

The NSRI is currently looking at expanding to incorporate the Offshore Wind and Subsea Mining industries into its "NSRI Matchmaker" website. This includes defining the technological needs of the industries in collaboration with relevant industry bodies, presenting these needs to the subsea community and developing the "NSRI Matchmaker" database. 

If you are interested in learning more do not hesitate to get in touch.

NSRI Overview