Welcome to the NSRI

The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) was established in 2007, to facilitate academia and industry, enabling market acceleration of technology and unlocking commercialisation.  

NSRI is the focal point for the coordination activities across the subsea sectors within the UK. We welcome the opportunity to discuss project engagement; we encourage you to look at The NSRI Reports

NSRI operates across the following industries within the subsea sector, sharing knowledge and experience;

  • Oil and Gas
  • Offshore Wind
  • Subsea Mining
  • Wave Energy
  • Tidal & Current Energy
  • Defence
  • Ocean & Marine Science
  • Energy Storage

NSRI is the technology research and technology partner for Subsea UK

NSRI launched its  "Matchmaker" service in 2014, designed to pair your technology or innovation needs with the universities or specialist research centres providing knowledge transfer and sharing of data.  

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.

Wave and Tidal Report

The Wave & Tidal Transformation report highlights the opportunities and challenges for technology developers and subsea supply chain companies looking to make a business in these sectors. It outlines how and where companies can get involved with the developing sector and the requirements for industry driven research.

To date, more than £450m has been spent across the UK wave and tidal supply chain and the global industry is forecast to be worth up to £76bn by 2050.

NSRI has identified the need for a dedicated taskforce, supported by industry and government to drive forward technology development, knowledge sharing and stewardship for strategic direction and industry-wide promotion.

The report has been welcomed by the Scottish Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, as showing the "enormous potential" of Scotland's wave and tidal industry.

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Other Projects

Small Pools

NSRI lead the Small Pools theme, working closely with the Oil and Gas Technology Leadership Board (TLB), who established this theme as a key enabler in Maximising Economic Recovery from the UK Continental Shelf. NSRI during 2015 & 2016 performed a number of Hackathon events; thereby engaging key industry players, sharing knowledge and their challenges. The outcome of these events identified priorities and direction for the industry that require to be addressed, to enable recovery of identified stranded reserves. These priorities were further researched both technically and commercially enabling focus for Small Pools to be exploited.  

This theme was championed by a team of representatives from Centrica, EnQuest, GE, Magma Global and the NSRI.

This concept and pre-feed work was subsequently handed over to Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), who are executing Small Pools into a delivery phase. 

NSRI has established this framework model of research and industry engagement, identifying to a level granulated detail, identifying clear objectives.

Subsea Cross Sector Research 

Offshore Wind working with ORE Catapult and  Subsea Mining were identified as sectors that would benefit from a detailed level of research establishing their associated challenges. NSRI adopted the proven research model working within the industries sharing knowledge and experience, identifying priority areas of focused to enable technologies in support of the industries.  

An NSRI significant recognition was the requirement to cross share testing facilities, technology supply chain and research bodies. The outcome of this the "NSRI Matchmaker".

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. 

Ongoing Research;

  • Wave Energy
  • Tidal Energy

The NSRI is currently looking at expanding to incorporate Wind Energy and Tidal Energy industries into its "NSRI Matchmaker" website. 

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

NSRI Overview