SUT+ Site visit – National Subsea Centre in Aberdeen

06 September, 2022



This event is free to attend; spaces are limited to 50 so please register in advance to guarantee a place.

The National Subsea Centre (NSC) is the multi-million-pound Centre of Excellence for subsea research and technology development, delivered through partnership between the Robert Gordon University (RGU) and the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC), through the Aberdeen City and Region Deal. The NSC harnesses the university’s academic expertise, research capability and facilities to establish a world-class research and development centre. The NSC aims to develop smart digital and engineering technologies to enable a faster, more cost-effective and sustainable transition to a net zero energy basin, locally in the North Sea and globally in energy environments.

Currently, the NSC is focused on three research programmes:

Transparent Ocean – Aiming to develop leading-edge capability to detect, monitor and understand subsea and marine activities, including condition of supporting infrastructures and surrounding environments, using the full range of state-of-the-art platforms and sources for data acquisition, visualisation, analysis, interpretation and prediction.

Integrated Energy – Aiming to develop cutting-edge capability to design, model, evaluate and construct an integrated marine energy grid to support the transition to decarbonised energy, using smart materials, digital twins, robotics and mixed energy vector power systems.

Net Zero Operations – Aiming to develop leading-edge capability to reduce carbon emissions, resource consumption and environmental footprint of marine industry operations using digital twins, machine learning and optimisation for operations planning and management, workforce transition planning and supply chain re-design.

These three programmes are delivered through interdisciplinary research projects which address complex industry challenges and are periodically reviewed and adapted to ensure continued relevance to emerging technical developments and industrial needs. Through close interaction with with industry, government and the net zero funding ecosphere, the NSC can identify important challenges then define smart technology roadmaps to address these and deliver high value solutions.

The NSC’s spacious, state-of-the-art centre is designed to make sure team members and visitors have everything they need to help maximise their skills. Facilities include a large warehouse, large yard space, innovation hub, conference room and breakout area.