VR defence tech company secures funding to power UK Offshore Wind workforce


Data driven virtual reality company VRAI has announced they have been awarded part of an Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) grant worth £1.2m to help improve training within the sector across the UK.

In partnership with Durham University Professor Simon Hogg, Ørsted Professor in Renewable Energy at the Durham Energy Institute, VRAI is one of 12 companies to secure such funding.

VRAI creates data driven VR simulation training for high hazard environments with clients including the IAG in Heathrow Airport, the United Nations in Somalia, and the RAF. The innovative company is headquartered in the North East’s tech hub at the Proto Centre, Gateshead.

This latest project will see VRAI bring their virtual reality simulation training to the UK’s growing offshore wind industry. The project is intended to find more efficient ways of training employees remotely and at scale, all the while using data-driven insights to help improve safety and performance.

OWGP, VRAI Managing Director Niall Campion, said: “We are delighted to be part of this exciting partnership with Professor Hogg to support the expansion of the offshore wind industry workforce. I think this partnership shows the potential for the “levelling up” agenda to be supported by the high-quality technology companies in the North East of England, as well as our top research institutes. Data and technology could fuel the next economic boom, as oil did in the past.”