The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Technology Strategy Board are to invest up to £11.2m in technical feasibility studies; development and demonstration of component technologies; and knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP) to stimulate innovation in the UK offshore wind sector and to strengthen the supply chain. Proposals should have the potential to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCoE) from offshore wind.
Applications are sought to bring new ideas and technologies to the offshore wind supply chain in the UK.
Projects will explore the technical feasibility of the concept at a stage preparatory to industrial research. Applications are encouraged from organisations already in the offshore wind sector, but also from parallel sectors such as automotive, oil and gas, defence and aerospace. Collaborations between organisations in the sector and technology providers from parallel sectors are very welcome.
· To find out more, register for a briefing event in London on 13th Nov, with consortia building and one to one sessions. If you can' tmake it in person, register for the concurrent webinar
· To keep informed about the competition, an online Group has been set up to support the competition.
You can use the group to:
· Find collaborators.
If you are seeking collaborators and would like to publicise what you are offering and what you are looking for, the Energy Generation and Supply KTN would be delighted to post your ideas on this forum. Details of how to do this yourself are given or email the Energy Generation and Supply KTN and they will post for you.
· Get confidential advice.
Applications for feasibility studies are encouraged from organisations already in the offshore wind sector, and also from parallel sectors such as oil and gas, defence, aerospace and automotive. If you are working in a parallel sector and would like advice on the applicability of your expertise to offshore wind, do contact the EGS KTN and they will arrange for you to speak in confidence with a sector expert.
You can download the competition brief here.
Examples of transport areas with potential include:
· increasing accuracy and repeatability with composite materials
· high-reliability hydraulic and electric systems
· fleet operation and maintenance strategies and risk-based inspection systems
· computational fluid dynamics.
· advanced assembly methods
· supply chain and quality management
· cost reduction through investment and quantity manufacture
Development and demonstration
Up to £7m is available for the third round of DECC and the Technology Strategy Board’s offshore wind component technologies development and demonstration scheme. Applications to this scheme should be made to DECC and should seek to develop and demonstrate components across the offshore wind system. Applications will be welcomed from single businesses or consortia, including those not currently established in the UK or those seeking to expand into the offshore wind sector. Successful projects are expected to attract between about 25% and 60% public funding, and may receive up to £4m funding per project. This element of the competition opens in early November and the deadline for applications is noon on 16 January 2013
Up to £3m is available for technical feasibility studies lasting up to a year and applications should be made to the Technology Strategy Board. Projects must be led by a UK business and may be developed by a single company or be collaborative. They will attract up to 75% public funding of up to £100k for pre- industrial research, with total project sizes expected to be between £100k and £150k. The competition for feasibility studies opens on 5 November 2012. The deadline for registration is noon on 9 January 2013, and the deadline for applications is noon on 16 January 2013.