The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has announced plans to restructure to capitalise on what it calls a “growing renewables” market by appointing two new board members.
The NSRI said a new strategic review has identified “the need to restructure” to reflect the global energy transition.
The organisation said while it would continue to be “heavily focused on the oil and gas market” it will also be looking to grow its influence in other offshore sectors, such as renewables.
Simon Cheeseman of the ORE Catapult and Claus Hjoerringgaard of Wood Clean Energy joined the board of NSRI.
A former marine engineer, Mr Cheeseman joined the ORE Catapult in February 2014.
He is responsible for managing the organisation’s marine renewables strategy, identifying the wave and tidal technology innovation needs.
Mr Hjoerringgaard currently works for Wood Clean Energy. He’s also held a number of prior senior roles at Mott MacDonald, heading up its renewable and power distribution divisions.
NSRI chairman Peter Blake said: “The energy industry is in constant motion and in order to support the sector’s demands, advances in technology must keep up. It’s vital that the UK supply chain is aware of the opportunities, and in turn develops suitable and cost-effective solutions.
“NSRI operates across various levels of technology readiness, from proof of concept through to commercial implementation. As an industry-led and industry-driven organisation, our research and development activities are focused on solving real global challenges, identified by industry to overcome present and future technological challenges.
“With our new board in place, our main focus for 2018 is to ensure that we continue to help companies and developers overcome the barriers of diversification to make their mark in the wider offshore sector. While oil and gas is likely to hold strong and dominate the global energy supply for years to come, subsea companies also need to look at how they can adapt and expand their presence across multiple markets.”