SR Community Member Spotlight: Net Zero Technology Centre

Tue, October 17, 2023

As part of an on-going series, we are featuring SPRINT Robotics member companies on SR Community. This month: Net Zero Technology Centre based in Aberdeen City, United Kingdom drives technology innovation to a net zero industrial future by co-investing with industry to fund and develop technology projects, supporting clean energy start-ups, collaborating with research partners across the world and providing clients with insights on current and emerging technologies.

Tell us about your company in 1 to 2 sentences.

We drive technology innovation to accelerate the transition to a net zero industrial future.

Where is your company based and how many employees does your company have?

We are based in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK with approximately a hundred employees. NZTC also supports a number of secondees from Industry Partners, Interns and Career Ready students.

What have you appreciated most about being a member of the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative?

Ability to participate in focused task groups while also being included in webinars, presentation in the wider network. SPRINT Robotics Collaborative has proven to be an effective platform to bring together developers and industry to network and partner on projects. SPRINT Robotics Collaborative has been useful to witness this and gain insights through the presentations and case studies.

How would you describe your company culture in just 3 words (and more)?

Inspiring, Innovative, Inclusive

What makes your company stand out?

NZTC works in partnership with pioneering developers, co-investing with industry to fund and develop technology projects that can unlock the full potential of an integrated energy system and propelling the energy industry towards a digital, automated, decarbonized future. We also collaborate with partners across the world, leading the way in research and development to solve net zero challenges.

Which developments in I&M robotics are you most excited about?

Key developments to highlight would be the downsizing of Vessels (ACUA Ocean, Nauticus, HonuWorx), ROVs and success in tetherless robotics (Hydromea) for more agile I & M industry. These also have the potential of significantly reduce the carbon impact of operating offshore. It is also exciting to see increased industry support for deployment of terrestrial (semi-autonomous) robotics at sites.

What is the greatest challenge that your company has faced in I&M robotics?

Standardized test and certification process and challenges on adoption. Alongside this is the need to prove a level or reliability and repeatability in the technology before it gets to site. These are critical for robotics to become 'Business as Usual (BAU)' in the industry. We have strategic projects (OLTER) that are aiming to address these issues as well as our recent funding call.

Has your company won any awards or are there any other achievements you'd like to share?

We had multiple POCs (Proof of Concepts) with different customers across different industries. There has been a lot of valuable learning.

Look into the future. What developments do you see happening in your company?

There is a strong need for integration within our energy sector as we have wind and oil and gas industries growth and continuation, with hydrogen as a resource in development. NZTC have developed a view of this Integrated Energy Vision and what its needs to succeed while keeping aligned with the 2050 Net Zero Targets and the decarbonization. NZTC will be working more closely with this vision.

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